Alice Nelson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky. Alice's short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The Sydney Review of Books, The Asia Literary Review, Southerly Magazine and the West Australian Newspaper. Her second novel, The Children's House, will be published by Penguin Random House in October 2018. Alice's first fellowship at Varuna was in 2004 and she has returned many times over the years. A great deal of her new novel was written while on residency at Varuna.