Celebrating Our OGA Authors And Publishers
This month during book week, we decided to celebrate some of our Old Girls who are authors and publishers. Their personal stories were displayed in the library alongside a copy of their book. Take some time to read the journey taken by some of our talented alumni.
Ailsa Piper (1976)
Author of “Sinning Across Spain” (2012) and “The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship” (2017).
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer?
Ailsa’s passion for storytelling led her into theatre, and she even spent three years on Ramsey Street as part of the Neighbours’ cast, as well as writing scripts for radio and stage. Ailsa is a frequent moderator of conversations and panels, and she writes journalism and opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines. She has now been in the industry for 35 years.
Have any life experiences impacted your works?
Completing a 1300km pilgrimage across Spain has definitely impacted her works. Her first book, Sinning Across Spain, is based on this journey where she was ‘walking with sin’. This was a medieval notion she stumbled on while researching a script for Bell Shakespeare Company. That journey, hard enough physically and mentally, took all her resilience and fortitude, asking her to walk daily with the failings, transgressions and ‘sins’ that others had confessed to her when she put out her crazy call on her blog – ‘I Will Walk Off Your Sins.’
What genre of writing do you enjoy most?
Describing herself as a storyteller, she enjoys writing about her experiences the most.
What is your biggest life achievement to date?
Being named co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies in 2001; publishing her first book Sinning Across Spain in 2012; and writing and performing an episode of ABC radio’s Poetica programme, based on that book.