Author/Editor: Lara Fergus

Lara Fergus

Lara Fergus grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and gave up a science degree to become a contemporary dancer. Some years and an ankle injury later she gave that up to see the world and wash dishes. She spent seven years living overseas, mostly in France. In that time she completed degrees in writing, women’s studies and international law, and worked with various advocacy organisations, including for newly arrived immigrant and refugee women.

She has now worked as a researcher and writer on human rights—particularly violence against women—for over a decade, with organisations such as Amnesty International, White Ribbon, VicHealth and most recently the United Nations. She currently works for the Victorian Government on policy to prevent violence against women. She lives in Melbourne with her partner Maryse, writes before work and dances on the weekends. My Sister Chaos is her first novel.

In 2014 Lara was appointed Director of Policy and Evaluation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children. 

22 Jun 2012 Bespoken – Queer Writing Monthly with Lara Fergus

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Bespoken brings together Word is Out’s favourite writers and a whole new crew with readings from new work and work... more
23 Sep 2010 Meet debut author Lara Fergus

Readings will launch My Sister Chaos on Friday 12 November. Come and meet debut author Lara Fergus. No bookings required, details are on the Readings website.... more

12 Nov 2010 Lara Fergus on Radio National

Listen to Lara Fergus talking about her debut novel, My Sister Chaos on ABC RN The Book Show. And read Lara's take on the writing process at The Wheeler Centre.

28 Sep 2010 My Sister Chaos reviewed in the Age

Says Age reviewer Lucy Sussex of Lara Fergus' My Sister Chaos: "At 200 pages, this novel is slimmer than most, but rather more thought-provoking. It deals w... more

21 Sep 2010 Lara Fergus interviewed at Readings online

Read this insightful interview with Lara Fergus by Kate Goldsworthy at the Readings website, and see Kate's review - 'Nothing in this elegant, brilliant debut is out of place' - here.

Book Awards
My Sister Chaos: Shortlisted Dobbie Literary Award
My Sister Chaos: Winner: Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (USA)
My Sister Chaos: Finalist: Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction (USA)

Books published by, or available from, Spinifex
My Sister Chaos

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