Pip Harry is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on many magazines including Woman’s Day, Yours, New Idea, Good Health, TV WEEK and NW. Her debut YA novel I’ll Tell You Mine (2012) won the Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature award (2013). Her second YA novel, Head of the River, was longlisted for the State Library of Victoria’s Gold Inky award (2015) and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Literary awards (2016). Her third YA novel, Because of You, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (2018) and is a CBCA Notable book. Pip lives in Singapore with her family and works as a freelance writer and editor. When not at a keyboard, she can be found eating noodles and swimming laps.
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Pip Harry was born in Melbourne in the 1970’s. She was an expat kid in the US and Singapore before returning to Australia to live in the suburbs. Her childhood was made up of beach summers, BMX bike-riding, homework avoidance and scribbling creative stories. After high school she (sometimes) attended Melbourne University, gaining an arts degree and worked in many starter jobs including as a rowing coach, nanny, camp counsellor and pool lifeguard. A wonderful editor at NW magazine hired her as a junior entertainment reporter in the late 90s, which involved interviewing celebrities on red carpets, film and TV sets, soundstages and in mini vans (hello, Beyoncé) Also, lots of long hours and sticking to deadlines. She eventually became Deputy and Acting Editor at TV WEEK and Lifestyle Editor at Woman’s Day.
On the side, Pip has always wanted to be an author of books for young adults and on her 30th birthday she enrolled in a creative writing class at UTS and started writing short stories. It was a revelation to find other people who lived in made up worlds. She also quit her office job to freelance, and started travelling the world writing travel features. Trips to Africa, the Maldives, Tahiti, Tokyo, Canada and beyond made the uncertain pay cheque worth it.
Pip’s first novel, I’ll Tell You Mine was inspired by her own stint in a Melbourne boarding house as an authority-challenged teenager. Some false starts and set-backs later, she signed a long awaited contract with UQP books. Her second YA novel Head of the River, was inspired by her own involvement in school rowing, both as a rower and coach. It was thrillingly longlisted for a Gold Inky and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Literary awards in 2016.
Her latest novel, Because of You (2017) was inspired by several years volunteering in a creative writing workshop in a homeless shelter in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.
Pip has returned to Singapore and lives on the east coast with her family, and works as a freelance copywriter and editor.