Peggy Frew

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Peggy Frew
Born1976 (age 44–45)
OccupationAuthor, musician
Alma materRMIT University
Notable worksHope Farm, House of Sticks
Notable awardsBarbara Jefferis Award (2016), ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release (2001 for Wires)

Peggy Frew (born 1976) is an Australian novelist.


Frew was born in 1976 and grew up in Melbourne, Australia and attended RMIT University.[1][2]


Frew's writing often explores relationships between women within an Australian setting.[1]

Published works by Frew include Hope Farm (2015, Scribe) and House of Sticks (2011, Scribe).

Short stories by Frew have been included in New Australian Stories 2,[3] Women of Letters: Reviving the Lost Art of Correspondence (2011, Penguin),[4] and Summer Shorts (2011, Scribe).[5] She has also been published in The Big Issue,[6] and literary magazines Kill Your Darlings[7] and Meanjin.[8]

Frew's novel Islands was published by Allen & Unwin in March 2019.[9]


Frew is a member of the Melbourne-based indie rock band, Art of Fighting.[8] She plays bass and vocals. She formed the band in 1995[1] with Ollie Browne, whom she first met while at highschool.[10] The band's album, Wires, won the 2001 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release.[11]


In 2008, her short story "Home Visit" won The Age Short Story Award.[8]

Her novel House of Sticks, won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award.[12]

In 2016, her novel Hope Farm won the Barbara Jefferis Award[13] and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award[14] and the Stella Prize.[15]

Islands was shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Morris, Linda (25 October 2016). "Winner of Barbara Jefferis award Peggy Frew writes a new song of hope". Camden Haven Courier. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Interview with Peggy Frew". Rose Mannering. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ Tuffield, Aviva (Ed.) (2011). New Australian Stories 2. Scribe Publications. ISBN 978-1921640865.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ McGuire, Michaela (2011). Women of Letters. Penguin Group Australia. ISBN 978-0670076093.
  5. ^ Frew, Peggy; et al. (2011). Summer Shorts. Scribe Publications. ISBN 978-1921942358.
  6. ^ "Fiction Edition 2015". The Big Issue. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Peggy Frew — Kill Your Darlings". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Peggy Frew". Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Islands by Peggy Frew". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  10. ^ "The art of not fighting". The Age. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Best Adult Alternative Album". Aria Awards. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  12. ^ "2010 Winners & Shortlists". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  13. ^ "The Barbara Jefferis Award - Australian Society of Authors (ASA)". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  14. ^ Tan, Monica (29 May 2016). "Women and Melbourne writers dominate Miles Franklin 2016 shortlist". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  15. ^ "2016 · The Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.

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