Wendy Lewis

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Wendy Lewis
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Wendy Lewis, 2016
Born Sydney, Australia
Occupation Writer
Genre Non-fiction books, plays
Notable works Australians of the Year
See Australia and Die

Wendy Lewis is an Australian writer working in Sydney who has written a number of non-fiction books about Australian people, history and events. She has also written plays under the pen-name of Julia Lewis.


In 2010, Lewis was commissioned by the National Australia Day Council to write Australians of the Year, the official 50-year history of the Australian of the Year Award.[1] See Australia and Die describes incidents resulting in harm to people travelling in Australia,[2][3] including from crocodile attacks, the sting of Irukandji jellyfish, and death by hypothermia. Events That Shaped Australia recounts details, personages, the images and after-effects of important events in Australia's history.[4][5][6] Caught Out! Scandals, Lies, Cover-ups is a selection of Australian scandals including David Hicks, Muhamed Haneef, Children Overboard, Cheryl Kernot's big secret, The Mufti and the Uncovered Meat.[7] Gone describes 25 kidnapping cases in various countries.[8]


Lewis has written plays entitled Statues of David,[9] The Baggage Handler (2006) and Life Drawing (2013).[10]

Lewis' musical What's My Color?, co-written with Berlin-based composer Yuval Halpern, premiered in the US in October 2016.

Cast and crew of What's My Color?, Opening night October 2016, Houston, TX, USA.

Other works[edit]

Lewis won a poetry competition in connection with Refresh Drummoyne, an urban art installation for the City of Canada Bay in Sydney in 2010. Her winning entry was typographed as a mural by a graphic designer in a manner that "refers to and resembles billboards, poster walls, newspaper headlines and antique film rolls." [11]



  1. ^ "Australians of the Year 1960-2010 by Wendy Lewis" (PDF). National Australia Day Council. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
    "Australians of the Year 1960-2010 by Wendy Lewis". National Australia Day Council. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
    Elder, Bruce (5 February 2011). "In Short". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Park, Nicky (18 December 2007). "Top summer travel reads". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "See Australia and Die". National Library of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Events that shaped Australia". National Library of Australia. 2006. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bulletin With Newsweek, 31 January 2007, p68, Making Milestones
  6. ^ "A Light Look at Australia’s Past", Courier Mail, 27 January 2007, p19,
  7. ^ "Caught Out! Scandals, Lies, Cover-ups". National Library of Australia. 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gone". National Library of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Martin, David. "Perchance to Dream - 2 new Australian Plays". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Julia Lewis". Actors Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Poetic Public Art—Refresh Drummoyne". City of Canada Bay Council. 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • "Wendy Lewis". The Australian Society of Authors. 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  • "Wendy Lewis". 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.