Irish-born Siobhán McHugh has written five books of social history, children’s historical fiction, a memoir and radio and television documentaries. The Snowy, about the migrants who built the Snowy Mountains Scheme, won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, while Cottoning On, about the cotton industry, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards. Minefields and Miniskirts, about Australian women and the Vietnam war, has been adapted for the stage. If she can ever get back to Varuna, Siobhán hopes to adapt The Diary of Eva Fischer, about a girl growing up on the Snowy Scheme, for TV. Meanwhile she is researching the hoary topic of Catholic/ Protestant sectarianism for a Doctorate in Creative Arts.