The Stella Prize

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 [...]

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NSW Premier’s Literary Award (short-list)

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 [...]

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Novella win

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 [...]

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