The Third Chopstick: A memoir about my relationship to the Vietnam War, The Third Chopstick is being published by Ginninderra Press, due for release in April-May 2020.
In May 2020, I will be involved in a book event at the National Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Vietnam Moratorium.
In My Mother's Hands was long-listed for The Stella Prize 2015. The judges wrote: In 1950s Sydney, at the height of the Cold War, Biff Ward was the pre-teenage daughter of unusual parents: her mother was an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and her father a prominent member of the Communist Party. In subsequent years, her historian [...]
In My Mother's Hands was short-listed for The NSW Premier's Douglas Stweart Prize for Non-Fiction, 2015. The judges wrote: Biff Ward’s charismatic father, Russel, was a celebrated, sometimes controversial, historian; her mother, Margaret, suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for most of her adult life. Like the prim white gloves with which Margaret hid [...]
In My Mother's Hands was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Award 2016 in the Non-fiction category in 2016. 792 books were entered in the nine categories of the award.
My novella, In 1974, was one of six winners of Griffith Review's novella competition, Storied Lives, 2017. The story is based on a real-life event in which a government school teacher sexually abused all the girls in his fifth and sixth grade class. The story interrogates the Royal Commission into Institutionalized Child Abuse’s practice of focusing on whether [...]
Based on the first two chapters of my upcoming memoir, The Third Chopstick, I won a Griffith Review 2018 fellowship for a Varuna residency. Julianne Schultz, editor of GR, wrote, ‘I think your book will really make a big impact. I found the extract really compelling.’
In 2016 I presented a talk, Activist and Author, at the National Library as part of their regular series, Winter Tales, auspiced by the National Library in partnership with the Australian Women's Archives Project. You can read a transcript here.
My short story, To the West, about a Vietnam veteran trying to die, was published in literary journal, 4W, in 2017.