Book Review


The writing of a life is a complex and protracted process. I am grateful for Ruby J. Murray’s review of Nora Heysen: A Portrait, which elucidates the essence of the biographer’s dilemma that involves, as Murray observes, ‘a kind of necessary betrayal‘.

Read the full review here: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/nora-heysen-biography-skilfully-explores-the-brilliant-painter-s-complicated-life-20190503-p51jpf.html.

From Ruby J. Murray in  The Sydney Morning Herald  May 10,  The Age   Spectrum  May 11,  Brisbane Times  May   10 and  Canberra Times  May 11, 2019.

From Ruby J. Murray in The Sydney Morning Herald May 10, The Age Spectrum May 11, Brisbane Times May 10 and Canberra Times May 11, 2019.

Book Review

Last week, I was thrilled to read the first review of my book on Inside Story. And incredibly proud that it was written by Drusilla Modjeska, a highly accomplished and acclaimed writer, who has been an inspiration. Drusilla has biographed Australian painters Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith, and her knowledge of Nora’s life and work is deep. Thank you, Drusilla, for your rigorous assessment.

I invite you to read the review!

The Fremantle Press Podcast

Captain Heysen, Melbourne, 1944. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Captain Heysen, Melbourne, 1944. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Nora Heysen was the first Australian woman to be appointed by the military as an official war artist.

In the lead-up to Anzac Day, I spoke with Holden Sheppard, award-winning author and host of The Fremantle Press Podcast, about Nora’s contribution to recording events of WWII in the Pacific, and about the process of writing her story.

Thanks for having me, Holden!


ABC Radio Interview

Interview on Evenings with Chris Bath on ABC Radio Sydney, for her segment Who Was Wednesday.

On a recent trip to Melbourne to promote my book and take in the wonderful exhibition at NGV, I popped into a recording booth at the ABC ‘Tardis’, Southbank, to have a chat with Chris Bath, who called Nora “probably the least known over-achiever in Australian art.” Well said, Chris!

If you’d like to listen, click the play button below.

On International Women's Day, Nora in WA Today

Feature article by Emma Young for WA Today, since re-published in the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax media outlets.

Self-portrait, 1954, oil on canvas, AGSA collection

Self-portrait, 1954, oil on canvas, AGSA collection

A real honour, for both myself and my subject, to have our stories considered on such an important day. Thank you, Emma!

Read the article by clicking the heading above, or here: ‘Girl Painter also Good Cook': The story of a (female) artist.