Sophie Cunningham - book author
Sophie Cunningham is the author of books: Melbourne, City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest, Geography, Warning, The Story of Cyclone Tracy, Bird, Meanjin. Vol. 69, no. 3, Boundaries, Meanjin vol 67 no 4, Meanjin 4 2009, From the Outer: Footy Like You've Never Heard It
In these moving, thought-provoking essays Sophie Cunningham considers the meaning of trees and our love of them. She chronicles the deaths of both her fathers, and the survival of P-22, a mountain lion in Griffith Park, Los Angeles; contemplates the loneliness of Ranee, the first elephant in Australia; celebrates the iconic eucalyptus and explores its international status as an invasive species.
City of Trees is a powerful collection of nature, travel and memoir writing set in the context of global climate change. It meanders through, circles around and sometimes faces head on the most pressing issues of the day. It never loses sight of the trees.
Many years later, on a beach in Sri Lanka, Catherine and her new friend Ruby get to talking about him. 'Tell me,' Ruby says. 'I like stories.' Finally Catherine reveals all about the one who drove her crazy.
Sophie Cunningham's first novel is powerfully raw and incredibly honest. It will remind you how easy it is to cross the line, and how hard it can be to get back.
When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974, the weather became not just a living thing but a killer. Tracy destroyed an entire city, left seventy-one people dead and ripped the heart out of Australia’s season of goodwill.
For the fortieth anniversary of the nation’s most iconic natural disaster, Sophie Cunningham has gone back to the eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the devastation—and those who faced the heartbreaking clean-up and the back-breaking rebuilding. From the quiet stirring of the service-station bunting that heralded the catastrophe to the wholesale slaughter of the dogs that followed it, Cunningham brings to the tale a novelist’s eye for detail and an exhilarating narrative drive. And a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us now, as we face more—and more destructive—extreme weather with every year that passes.
Some are closet fans, some are out and proud. Many are ground-breaking and revolutionary, shaking up the institution that has dominated cultural life in Melbourne, and much of Australia, for generations. Some are actively involved in the game, such as Leila Gurruwiwi, panellist on Australia's first all-Indigenous footy show; Angela Pippos, one of Australia's first female sports commentators; and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne, founder of the LGBTI supporter group the Purple Bombers. Others, like Christos Tsiolkas, Sophie Cunningham, Tony Birch and Alice Pung, share their poignant, passionate experiences as spectators and supporters.
Engaging and surprising, From the Outer shows how footy can both thrill and devastate, exclude and unite, by shining a light on the diversity and splendour of the game.
Nicole Hayes's debut release, The Whole of My World (2013), is a Young Adult novel and the first "footy novel" to feature a teenage girl. It was longlisted for the 2014 Gold Inky and shortlisted for the 2014 YABBAs. Her second novel, One True Thing (2015), was awarded the 2015 Children's Peace Literature Award. She bleeds Brown and Gold, which you'd know if you followed her on Twitter: @nichmelbourne.
Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician. She was a 3RRR Breakfaster and was on Aural Text for fourteen years. She is a regular guest on 774 [ABC Melbourne] and Radio National, was the editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years, and has appeared in ABC TV's Sunday Arts and ABC News Breakfast. She is also the writer and director of the science-poetry planetarium show Elemental. Alice is a mad Hawks supporter. Twitter: @aliciasometimes"