Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Her books include Close to Home, On John Marsden, the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the novelLaurinda. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.

Alice has had stories and articles published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, the Monthly, Age, Best Australian Stories, Westerley, Griffith Review and the Lifted Brow; and her books are studied as VCE and HSC texts.

In 2008, Alice was the Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University, and in 2009, the Australian representative at the Iowa International Writing Program. In 2010, she was a judge for the Walkley Awards for Journalism, and the 2011 Australian representative to the US Department of State ‘Fall and Recovery’ writers’ tour of disaster and conflict sites of America.