Graeme Simsion

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Graeme C. Simsion
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Born Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Author, consultancy manager, data modeller
Nationality Australian, NZ, UK
Education 2014 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
2013 Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting, RMIT
2006 PhD, University of Melbourne
1986 MBA, Deakin University
1984 GDipC&IS, Monash University
1976 BSc, Monash University
Notable awards 2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award
Spouse Professor Anne Buist
Children 2

Graeme C. Simsion FACS is a New Zealand born Australian author, screen-writer, playwright and data modeller.[1]


Simsion won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project.[2][3] Text Publishing has sold the rights to the book internationally for over $1.8m.[4] The Rosie Project was published in Australia in January 2014,[5] and has since sold more than a million copies in over forty countries around the world.[6] The screenplay has been optioned to Sony Pictures Entertainment. Text Publishing have announced that a sequel to The Rosie Project, titled The Rosie Effect, is scheduled for publication on 24 September 2014.[6]

Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling. He established a consulting business in 1982 and sold it in 1999. At that time Simsion Bowles and Associates had over seventy staff.[7] He co-founded a wine distribution business, Pinot Now with Steven Naughton.[8]

From 2002–2006, as a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, he conducted the largest published study of data modelling practitioners (489 participants, most with substantial industry experience), to address the question 'Is data modelling better characterised as description or design?' The research included interviews with thought leaders, surveys of practitioners, and practical modelling tasks.

He concluded that, in contrast to the assumption implicit in most data modelling research, data modelling is best characterised as a design discipline (the term design is used in the broad sense of design theory, rather than its more narrow and casual usage in the information systems field). His work was published as his PhD thesis Data Modeling: Description or Design, University of Melbourne, 2006 and in Data Modeling Theory and Practice (Technics Publications, 2007).

He is married to Professor Anne Buist[9] and has two children.


  • Australian Book Industry's Book of the Year – won with The Rosie Project[10]
  • Australian Book Industry's General Fiction Book of the Year – won with The Rosie Project[11]
  • Best Debut Fiction, Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards 2014 – shortlisted with The Rosie Project
  • Waverton Good Read Award 2014 – shortlisted with The Rosie Project
  • The Age Short Story Award 2012 – second with his story Three Encounters with the Physical[12]
  • Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award 2012 second with his story Eulogy for a Sinner[3]
  • Stringybark Short Story Award 2012 three Highly Commended stories that appear in the book The Road Home[3]
  • Twisted Stringybark Award 2012 two Highly Commended stories that appear in the book Tainted Innocence[3]
  • Stringybark Flash Fiction Award 2012 one Highly Commended story, Cutting that appears in the book Behind the Wattles[3]
  • Fellowship of Australian Writers Jennifer Burbidge Award 2007 one Highly Commended story, The Klara Project – Phase 1 that appears in the book The Enveloope Please 2007[13]
  • DAMA 2003 Professional Achievement Award[14]
  • Fellow of the Australian Computer Society 1998[15]


  • "The Rosie Project", Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 ISBN 9781922079770
  • "Data Modelling Essentials" by Graeme Simsion & Graham Witt, 2004 3rd ed, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco ISBN 0126445516
  • "Data Modelling: Theory and Practice" by Graeme Simsion, 2007, Technics Publications, ISBN 978-0977140015
  • Simsion, Milton and Shanks: "Data Modeling: Description or Design?" Information and Management, May 2012.
  • Moody, D and Simsion, G:"Justifying Investment in Information Resource Management", Australian Journal of Information Systems, September 1995.
  • "A Structured Approach to Data Modelling", Australian Computer Journal, August,1989.
  • Simsion, G.C and Symington, J.A:"A Comparison of Network and Relational Database Architectures in a Commercial Environment", Australian Computer Journal, November 1981.


  1. ^ Steger,Jason "A First Date with Destiny", The Age 26 January 2012
  2. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript: Winner Announced". The Wheeler Centre. 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Stringybark Stories Author profile" Nov 2012
  4. ^ "No Lounging Around as New Author Gains Ground", The Age 28 September 2012
  5. ^ Text Publishing – The Rosie Project
  6. ^ a b Text Publishing – The Rosie Effect
  7. ^ "Text Publishing – Graeme Simsion" Text Publishing biography 2013
  8. ^ "Pinot Now About Us"
  9. ^ "Anne Buist" University of Melbourne
  10. ^ Author of 'The Rosie Project' awarded Book of the Year prize – ABC news
  11. ^ Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project named Australian Book of the Year –
  12. ^ Simsion,Graeme "Three Encounters with the Physical" The Age 12 January 2013
  13. ^ "FAW Results" 2007
  14. ^ "DAMA Achievement Awards". Data Management International. 2003. 
  15. ^ Australian Computer Society – Victorian fellows – 1998

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