Rachel Hennessy

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Rachel Hennessy was born in Canberra and has lived in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, London and Adelaide. She currently resides in Melbourne with her partner and two young daughters.

Rachel Hennessy’s first novel THE QUAKERS won the Adelaide Festival Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and was launched at Writers’ Week in February 2008. The manuscript was also short-listed for the Varuna Writers’ Centre Manuscript Development program and won the ArtsSA prize for Creative Writing. It was described by John Birmingham as "un-put-down-able".

Her second novel, THE HEAVEN I SWALLOWED, was runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Award and longlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award for an established woman writer.

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Rachel Hennessy I'm not convinced there is such a thing as writer's block. I have never really been "blocked", as such. I have been uninspired, tired, over-worked,…moreI'm not convinced there is such a thing as writer's block. I have never really been "blocked", as such. I have been uninspired, tired, over-worked, over-committed and creatively burnt out. But these are different from writer's block. For me, the voices are usually always whispering, I just have to decide which voice to listen to. So maybe this is more a case of writer's confusion. When I'm in this phase I usually go for walks, watch an episode of some lame kind of English crime series or pick up a book and read.(less)
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He sticks his head into the hall and asks ‘Is this Biology 101?’ before ambling into the lecturing space. The students (off screen) titter. Who is this crazy guy, they think? The man casually places his folder file on the desk, then launches into a story about a ‘male, 45, married, career as a criminal lawyer’ whose behaviour was bizarrely effected by a brain tumour.


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