Boonah Writers Festival

Mary-Rose MacColl - Historical & Genealogical Research

Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, short stories, feature journalism and essays. She grew up in Brisbane, Australia, with three brothers. Both her parents were journalists. 

Mary-Rose worked as a journalist, nursing assistant, computer operator and corporate writer while studying towards degrees in journalism and creative writing. Currently she lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son, spending as much time as she can in the mountains of Banff, Canada..

Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the Australian Vogel Literary Award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a Finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism and in the Queensland Premier's Awards for Non-Fiction and for Science Writing. Her fourth novel In Falling Snow was published internationally.

Swimming Home (October 2015) tells the story of the extraordinary women who pioneered women's swimming in the 1920s in Australia, England and the United States.  

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