Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have delighted readers across the world. His latest book, The Best of Adam Sharp, is set in France and has been described as ‘a dilemma with lots of music’ with ‘complications, transgressions and resolutions’ for its main character. Claire Corbett’s Watch Over Me also combines a relationship drama with the music of the time. They talk about their work with Varuna Chair David White.

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Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Graeme Simsion (Australian)

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At the age of 50, Graeme Simsion sold his IT business and enrolled in a screenwriting program at RMIT. Five years and ten short films later, he had a screenplay that nobody wanted to finance.  So he re-wrote The Rosie Project as a novel, which has now sold over 3 million copies, and Sony Pictures duly acquired the screenplay. A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was also an international bestseller. Graeme's latest novel is The Best of Adam Sharp.

Claire Corbett (Australian)

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Claire Corbett was born in Canada and has worked in film and government policy. Her first novel, When We Have Wings was published in 2011 by Allen & Unwin and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Recent fiction and essays have been published in a range of journals, including Best Australian Stories 2014 and 2015, Griffith Review, Southerly and Overland. Her second novel is Watch Over Me.

David White (Australian)

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David is the principal of Zentricity, a consultancy established to deliver practical corporate governance advice. David coaches boards of directors, chairs and chief executives in how to achieve effective and prudent governance of their organisations, with a focus on the not-for-profit sector. David is a writer and blogger, and serves on or advises a number of NFP boards, including KidsXpress, Society for Knowledge Economics, Red Dust Role Models, Greening Australia and the Katoomba MenÕs Shed.