Suneeta Peres da Costa

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Suneeta Peres da Costa
Suneeta Peres da Costa at Goa Arts and Literary Festival December 6–8, 2018
Suneeta Peres da Costa at Goa Arts and Literary Festival December 6–8, 2018
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationAuthor and Playwright
Notable worksHomework (1999), Saudade (2018)

Suneeta Peres da Costa (born 1976) is an award-winning Australian author and playwright, best known for her tragicomic novel, Homework, about a dysfunctional Goan migrant family set in suburban Sydney. Peres da Costa was twenty-three years-old when the novel was published internationally.[1]. Her 2018 novel, Saudade, follows Maria, a young girl from a Goan immigrant family, growing up in a political hierarchy of racism and colonialism in Portuguese Angola.[2]

Peres da Costa's plays include I am an Island, Watermark, Angelina's Song, Children See Everything, Fire, Water. Two biographical works, The Art of Straying (which imagines the last night in the life of cultural philosopher, Walter Benjamin) and Estranged Muse (on James Joyce's daughter) were also produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[3]

Peres da Costa was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, where she later taught creative writing. She was a Fulbright Scholar and received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. She pursued doctoral studies on James Joyce at the University of Sydney.[4]


Peres da Costa has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Limited, Asialink Arts, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the Yaddo Corporation, the Valparaiso Foundation, Varuna – The Writers' House, the NSW Ministry for the Arts, and, the Marten Bequest. She was shortlisted for the Woollhara Digital Literary Award (2017) for "A Home in Ananda and the World" and the Dobbie Literary Award (2000) for Homework. She received the ABC Ian Reed Foundation Prize for Radio Drama (1998), the Philip Parsons Young Playwright's Award (1996) and the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award (1995 & 1996).


  1. ^ Homework, Peres da Costa, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2001
  2. ^ Saudade, Peres da Costa, Giramondo Publishing, March 2018
  3. ^ Australian Plays
  4. ^ Author record, Suneeta Peres da Costa, AustLit (, 2002–

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