Graeme Simsion

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Graeme C. Simsion
Born Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Author, consultancy manager, data modeller
Nationality Australian, New Zealander, British
Education University of Melbourne
Deakin University
Monash University
Notable awards

2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award

2014 Australian Book Industry's Book of the Year
Spouse Anne Buist
Children 2

Graeme C. Simsion is an Australian author, screenwriter, playwright and data modeller.[1]


Simsion was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling.[citation needed] He established a consulting business in 1982 and sold it in 1999. At that time Simsion Bowles and Associates had over seventy staff.[2] He co-founded a wine distribution business, Pinot Now with Steven Naughton.[3] In 2006 he obtained a PhD degree from the University of Melbourne in the area of data modeling.[4]

Simsion won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project.[5][6] Text Publishing sold the rights to the book internationally for over $1.8m.[7] The Rosie Project was published in Australia in January 2014,[8] and has since sold more than three and a half million copies in over forty countries around the world.[9][10] Simsion initially wrote The Rosie Project as a screenplay, which has since been optioned to Sony Pictures Entertainment.[11] A sequel titled The Rosie Effect, was published on 24 September 2014 by Text Publishing.[10]

Simsion’s third novel, The Best of Adam Sharp, about a relationship rekindled, was published by Text Publishing in 2016 with movie rights optioned to Toni Collette’s company Vocab Films.[12] Simsion’s fourth novel is a collaboration with his wife, Anne Buist, titled Two Steps Forward, a story of middle-aged renewal set on the Chemin de St Jacques / Camino de Santiago. It was published on October 2, 2017.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Simsion is married to Anne Buist and has two children.[4]


The Rosie Effect[edit]

  • Indie Book Awards, Shortlisted, 2015[10]
  • Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, Shortlisted, 2015[10]
  • Australian Book Industry General Fiction Award, Shortlisted, 2015[10]

The Rosie Project[edit]

  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Ireland, Longlisted, 2015[8]
  • Australian Book Industry's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014[14]
  • Australian Book Industry's General Fiction Book of the Year, Winner, 2014[15]
  • Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, Shortlisted, 2014[8]
  • Best Debut Fiction, Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards, Shorlisted, 2014[8]
  • Waverton Good Read Award, United Kingdom, Shortlisted, 2014[8]
  • The Indie Awards, Shortlisted, 2014[8]
  • Victorian Premier's Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, Winner, 2012[16]

Other Awards[edit]

  • Doctor of Communication Honoris Causa - RMIT[17]
  • The Age Short Story Award 2012 – second with his story Three Encounters with the Physical[18]
  • Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award 2012 second with his story Eulogy for a Sinner[6]
  • Stringybark Short Story Award 2012 three Highly Commended stories that appear in the book The Road Home[6]
  • Twisted Stringybark Award 2012 two Highly Commended stories that appear in the book Tainted Innocence[6]
  • Stringybark Flash Fiction Award 2012 one Highly Commended story, Cutting that appears in the book Behind the Wattles[6]
  • 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[19]



Short Stories[edit]

  • Intervention on the Number 3 Tram, Review of Australian Fiction, 2017.
  • Like It Was Yesterday, Review of Australian Fiction, 2015.
  • The Life and Times of Greasy Joe, The Big Issue, 2015.[20]
  • A Visit to the Other Side, Conde Nast Traveller, 2013.
  • Three Encounters with the Physical, The Age Short Story Award, 2013.[21]
  • Cutting, Behind the Wattles, 2012.[22]
  • Eulogy for a Sinner, Seven Deadly Sins, 2012.[23]
  • A Confession in Three Parts, The Road Home, 2012.[24]
  • Savoir Faire, The Road Home, 2012.[24]
  • Natural Selection, The Road Home, 2012.[24]
  • A Short Submission to the Coroner, Tainted Innocence, 2012.[25]
  • GSOH, Tainted Innocence, 2012.[25]
  • The Klara Project Phase 1, The Envelope Please, 2007.


  • Simsion, Milton and Shanks: "Data Modeling: Description or Design?" Information and Management, May 2012.
  • "Data Modelling: Theory and Practice" by Graeme Simsion, 2007, Technics Publications, ISBN 978-0977140015
  • "Data Modelling Essentials" by Graeme Simsion & Graham Witt, 2004 3rd ed, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco ISBN 0126445516
  • 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.

Short Films and Plays[edit]

  • Thought Tracker, Producer, Premiere: Westside Shorts, 2013
  • Decisions, Writer-Producer, Premiere: Westside Shorts, 2012
  • The Prince, Writer-Producer, Premiere: Westside Shorts, 2012
  • The Perfect Gift, Writer-Producer, (Director: Carley Sheffield), Premiere: Toronto Urban Film Festival, 2012
  • Reason for Living, Producer-Director, Premiere: Bondi Film Festival, 2012
  • Push Up, Writer-Producer, (Director: Jason Christou), Premiere: Flickerfest Film Festival, Sydney, 2010
  • The Last Bottle, Writer-Producer, (Directors Michael Carsen and Beth Child), Premiere: Zero Film Festival (New York), 2010, ABC Television, 2010
  • Transformation, Writer-Producer, (Director: Rebecca Peniston-Bird), Premiere: St Kilda Film Festival, 2009, ABC Television, 2010
  • Red Porsche, Writer-Producer, (Director: Chris Wurm), Premiere: Westside Shorts, 2009
  • Turning Back the Clocks, Writer-Producer, (Director: Michael Carsen), Premiere: Janison Short and Sharp Film Festival, 2009
  • Prisoner's Dilemma, Writer, Premiere: Short and Sweet Festival, Melbourne, 2008
  • Hot Water, Writer, Premiere: Defector Theatre, Melbourne, 2008
  • Key Change, Writer-Producer, (Director: David Grant), Premiere: Katoomba Film Festival, 2008


  1. ^ Steger,Jason "A First Date with Destiny", The Age 26 January 2012
  2. ^ "Text Publishing – Graeme Simsion" Text Publishing biography 2013
  3. ^ "Pinot Now About Us" Archived 3 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Tippet, Gary (4 May 2015). "Author, author". 3010 – Melbourne University Magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript: Winner Announced". The Wheeler Centre. 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Stringybark Stories Author profile" Archived 27 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Nov 2012
  7. ^ "No Lounging Around as New Author Gains Ground", The Age 28 September 2012
  8. ^ a b c d e f "The Rosie Project". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
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  10. ^ a b c d e "The Rosie Effect". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Rosy film future for Rosie Project". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  12. ^
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  14. ^ Author of 'The Rosie Project' awarded Book of the Year prize – ABC news
  15. ^ Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project named Australian Book of the Year –
  16. ^ "The Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  17. ^ "It's Graduation time!". RMIT University. 
  18. ^ Simsion,Graeme "Three Encounters with the Physical" The Age 12 January 2013
  19. ^ "FAW Results" Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. 2007
  20. ^ "The life and times of Greasy Joe: Drinking, driving and the possibility of sex". Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  21. ^ "Three encounters with the physical". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  22. ^ "Stringybark Flash Fiction and Micro Fiction Award 2012". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  23. ^ "Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Fiction Award 2012". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  24. ^ a b c "Stringybark Short Story Award 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2012". Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 

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