Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She has won numerous awards including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first book Unpolished Gem (Black Inc). Her next book, Her Father’s Daughter (Black Inc), won the Western Australia Premier’s Book Award for Non Fiction, and it was also shortlisted for the Premier’s Literary Awards in Victoria and New South Wales, and nominated also in the Queensland Literary Awards. Laurinda, Alice’s first novel, was published by Black Inc in 2014 and was one of Readings’ Top 100 bestselling books for the year and won the 2016 NSW Premiers Award Ethel Turner Prize.
Alice’s writing has appeared in many notable publications including the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Alice edited Growing Up Asian in Australia (Black Inc), a collection of personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry. Alice lives at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.