Laura Bloom

Laura Bloom is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels for adults and children, including The Cleanskin, which was described in The Australian as 'a masterpiece of drama and characterisation.' Her novels have been shortlisted for many awards, including the NSW Premier's Awards. Laura is also an award-winning screenwriter, and many of her novels have been optioned for film and TV.

Laura grew up in Sydney, in the 1970s, where her latest novel, The Women and The Girls, is set. It explores a turning point of the last half century, with a uniquely female gaze - casting new light on old stories and bringing fresh insight to the struggles and conversations we are having today.

'I'm from the Jane Austen/Liane Moriarty school of fiction,' Laura says. 'I want my stories to be entertaining, and an escape. The truth must be there, though - otherwise it's not a good story. Money must be there, and other practical considerations. Love must be there, of course, and suffering. But offered in a narrative that's told with humour and intimacy, so that my reader feels as if they're in the company of a keenly observant friend.'

Now based in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW, Laura also teaches writing workshops, and presents at libraries, festivals and events.