We are delighted to partner with Edinburgh International Book Festival to host Australian writer Sophie Cunningham in August.

Sophie Cunningham is a non-fiction writer and novelist with a passion for trees, walking and broader environmental issues. She will be a guest of the Edinburgh International Book Festival talking about her novel This Devastating Fever, and her essay collection City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest. She has written nine books in all. A Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to literature, Sophie is the Chair of the Australian Society of Authors and a non- executive director of the Copyright Agency. She was a co-founder of The Stella Prize, and former chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts (2011 – 2014). Sophie is also a teacher, mentor, climate change activist, wildlife advocate and every day she posts an image of a tree on her Instagram @sophtreeofday. 

This residency is generously supported by Margie Seale, David Hardy and Joanna Sutherland.