Sue Woolfe

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Sue Woolfe (born 15 November 1950) is an Australian author, teacher, scriptwriter, editor and documentary film-maker.


Woolfe was raised in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and completed tertiary studies at the University of Sydney and the University of New England.

Her first novel, Painted Woman, was runner-up in the ABC Bicentennial Awards. Later she adapted the novel for stage and radio.

She was awarded a D'Arts from UTS in 2006.


  • Woolfe, Sue. About Literature.
  • Woolfe, Sue (1975). Language in Literature. South Melbourne, Vic: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-17558-3.
  • Woolfe, Sue (1976). Briga. South Melbourne, Vic: Macmillan.
  • Wolfe, Sue (1989). Painted Woman. North Sydney, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Also published in France, 2009
  • Kate Grenville and, Sue Woolfe (1993). Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels were Written. North Sydney: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 978-1-86508-613-2.
  • Woolfe, Sue (1996). Leaning Towards Infinity : how my mother's apron unfolds into my life. Boston: Faber & Faber. pp. Also published in France, Holland and the UK. Woolfe adapted the novel for the professional stage, and it was produced by TheENsemble, Sydney, in 1998.
  • Woolfe, Sue (1999). Wild Minds: Stories Of Outsiders And Dreamers. Milsons Point, N.S.W. ; New York: Random House.
  • Woolfe, Sue (2003). The Secret Cure. Sydney: Picador. ISBN 0-330-36436-7.Republished 2009 by University of Western Australia Press.
  • Woolfe, Sue (2007). The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks Creativity and Neuroscience. University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1-920694-96-X.
  • Woolfe, Sue (2012). The Oldest Song in the World. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 978 0 7322 9499 1.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Many grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, from 1994 to 2015.

Scholarly life: Lecture in Creative Writing, the Department of English, the University of Sydney 2004- 2013. Lecturer in Creativity and Narration at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, 2014-2017.

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