Sydney Smith is a past winner of The Age Short Story Competition, and her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Age, Griffith REVIEW, Island, Imago and the New England Review. She founded and co-ordinates the Victorian Mentoring Service for Writers. The Lost Woman is her first book.
Sydney was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, the daughter of a Maori mother and pakeha father. She moved to Australia when she was twenty-five and has lived here ever since.