Lia Hills is an Australian novelist, poet and translator whose work has been published and performed internationally. Her latest novel, The Crying Place, set partly in Pitjantjatjara country, is a haunting exploration of love, place and the varied ways in which we grieve. As part of her research for the book, Lia travelled frequently to central Australia and began learning the Pitjantjatjara language.
Lia’s debut novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Living (2009), has been translated into several languages and was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian Premiers’ Literary Awards and the NZ Post Book Awards. Her first poetry collection, The Possibility of Flight, was awarded the Interactive Press Poetry Manuscript Award (2008). Lia is also co-initiator of Moving Galleries, a poetry/art project on Melbourne’s train network, and was appointed Director of the project in 2011.
Lia has also translated Marie Darrieussecq’s acclaimed novel, Tom is Dead, from French to English, and was subsequently asked to teach a double-Masters class in literary translation at Monash University, as a joint venture with Jean Moulin University, Lyon.