Sally Morrison > Biography
is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels including the Banjo Award winning Mad Meg. Her latest work, After Fire – a life of Clifton Pugh, is her first biography.
Sally Morrison has been a writer all her life, however, she spent her professional career as a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne.
In her twenties she had a play Hag directed by Richard Wherrett at the 1976 National Playwrights Festival.
In 1979 she worked with the Champion Book Collective to publish her first novel Who's Taking You to the Dance? which was picked up and promoted by Patrick White.
By 1990, when she took up a Literature Board Fellowship to write the novel Mad Meg, she had published a book of short stories I Am a Boat with McPhee Gribble.
Mad Meg won the 1995 National Book Council's Banjo Award and since then there have been two novels Against Gravity and The Insatiable Desire of Injured Love.
Morrison befriended Clifton Pugh in the last years of his life and when, ten years after his death in 1990, there had been nothing written about him, she began After Fire – a Life of Clifton Pugh. The book has taken nine years to create and is Morrison's first full length biography although she has written contributory chapters on the life of the doyenne of agricultural science, Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis, MBE, AC. In March 2009, Morrison gave the opening address(pdf file 600Kb) for the Royal Society of Victoria at a symposium to celebrate Nancy Millis's life and contribution to Australian life.