Ailsa Piper has worked with words her whole life – as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker, audiobook narrator and broadcaster.


As a writer, she works across many mediums. Highlights include being named co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies in 2001; and publishing her first book Sinning Across Spain in 2012. She then co-authored, with Tony Doherty, a book of correspondence called The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship, which was published in 2017. Ailsa also co-adapted an acclaimed version of The Duchess of Malfi.


Her latest book, For Life, is a celebration of the art of moving forward, staring down grief to hear the natural world calling to her.

Ailsa has judged the NSW and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards on six occasions. She is an accomplished moderator of conversations and panels, and writes journalism and opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines. She also writes and performs her Wordwalks – monologues celebrating poetry, walking and landscape, which she performs in all weathers, as you’d expect!


For Life

The Attachment

Sinning Across Spain

The Sinning Across Spain blog
Beginning again…SPRING 2016….

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Hello world!

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