Heather Rose is an award-winning Australian author who has written seven novels for adults and children. Her latest novel, The Museum of Modern Love (2016), was awarded the 2017 Stella Prize and the 2017 Christina Stead Prize. The Museum of Modern Love is inspired by the life and work of the artist Marina Abramovic, who appears as a character in the book.
Heather’s first novel, White Heart, was published in 1999. Her follow up, The Butterfly Man (2005), was longlisted for the IMPAC Awards in Ireland, shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award, and won the 2006 Davitt Award for the Crime Fiction Novel of the Year written by an Australian woman. In 2007, Heather received the Eleanor Dark Fellowship and an Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency for her novel The River Wife, which was published in 2009.
In 2010 Heather began collaborating with fellow author Danielle Wood (winner of the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for The Alphabet of Light and Dark) to write the Tuesday McGillycuddy series of novels for primary age readers, under the pen-name Angelica Banks. The first of the series, Finding Serendipity, was published in 2013/2014 in Australia, Germany and the USA. The sequel, A Week Without Tuesday, was published internationally in 2014/2015 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction. The third and final book in the series, Blueberry Pancakes Forever, was published in Australia in 2016 and in Germany and the USA in 2016/2017.
Heather’s work has also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Art and Australia, Meanjin and Island magazine.