About Pamela

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Pamela Hart is my married name and The Soldier’s Wife is my first book under that name, inspired by my grandfather’s service as an ANZAC at Gallipoli (see The Story behind The Soldier’s Wife). As Pamela Freeman, I’ve written children’s fiction, epic fantasy, crime fiction and children’s poetry. You can find out more about my other books here.

I became seriously interested in historical fiction when I wrote The Black Dress, a fictional account of the childhood of Mary MacKillop in the Australia of the 1840s-1860s.

I have a Doctor of Creative Arts in Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and I teach writing (face-to-face and online) at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

My writing started when I was a children’s scriptwriter for ABC Kids, which was where I began to write children’s stories. But then I found that I wanted to tell stories for adults, too, and particularly stories about women’s lives, loves, tears and joys.

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  • Scum of the Earth, Wilderness Society Environment Award, 2004
  • The Black Dress, NSW Premier’s History Prize, 2006
  • Victor’s Challenge, Aurealis Award, 2009
  • Ember and Ash, Aurealis Award, 2011
  • Shortlistings: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Koala Awards.