Christine Piper's debut novel, After Darkness(Allen & Unwin 2014), won the 2014 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin award, the Dobbie Literary Award, the Indie Book Awards and the Readings New Australian Writing Award. She wrote the book as part of her doctoral degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked on the manuscript while staying at Varuna 2012. Her short fiction has been published in Seizure, SWAMP and Things That Are Found in Trees and Other Stories (Margaret River Press 2012). She was the 2013 Alice Hayes Writing Fellow at Ragdale in the United States. She has also been widely published as a journalist, and won the 2014 Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, and the 2014 Guy Morrison Prize for student literary journalism. Born in South Korea to an Australian father and a Japanese mother, and then raised in Australia, Christine is interested in the immigrant experience and other social justice themes.