Kathryn Heyman is a novelist, essayist and scriptwriter. Her first novel, The Breaking was shortlisted for the Stakis Award for the Scottish Writer of the Year and longlisted for the Orange prize. She has won numerous other awards for her work including an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, the Wingate and Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Critics’ Award, the Kibble Literary Award, and the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She has written several radio plays for BBC Radio, including adaptations of her own work and she has taught writing for many years. From 2011 to 2013 she was the senior judge for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, and an advisor to the awards team in 2016. Kathryn now directs the fiction program for Faber Academy Australia and is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program. In 2016, she was made Conjoint Professor of Writing and English at the University of Newcastle. Her new novel is Storm and Grace.