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Stephanie McCarthy

THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR 
 

BIO

For more than 50 years Steph has been writing for the screen, stage, page and radio, winning awards across the media spectrum. 

She has served as Script Assessor for the South Australian Film Corporation, The Australian Writers Guild and the Australia Council. An editor and creative writing tutor, she has long been a guest speaker engaging students in the creative writing process based on her teenage novels Diary Z and Red. In more recent years as guest speaker she has delighted groups of all ages telling the story of Tom Price – from Stonecutter to Premier.

 

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STEPH'S STORY

PUBLISHED WORKS:

 

1990’s: short stories and poems in anthologies, book reviews for The Advertiser

 

1998: biography Bloody Marvellous! MLDesign. 

 

1998: teenage novel Diary Z Omnibus Books - Most Notable Book Award, Children’s Book Council of Australia.

 

2001: teenage novel Red supported by The Australia Council and released by Scholastic Australia. 

 

2002: Diary Z re-titled Mon Journal Top Secret! by Hachette Jeunesse

 

2008: gift book Mad Cars Disease (2007) demands a sequel, Mad Cars Disease 2, MLDesign. (Both selling widely throughout Australia).

 

2009: Short story Cryptic Jack Commended Eyre Writers Award.

 

2009:  erotic novel Erogeny, MLDesign.

 

2015: –biography Tom Price – from Stonecutter to Premier, Wakefield Press.

 

2017 –biography Round the Bay for a Bob, MLDesign.

 

STEPH'S STORY

BIO

PUBLISHED WORKS:

 

1990’s: short stories and poems in anthologies, book reviews for The Advertiser

 

1998: biography Bloody Marvellous! MLDesign. 

 

1998: teenage novel Diary Z Omnibus Books - Most Notable Book Award, Children’s Book Council of Australia.

 

2001: teenage novel Red supported by The Australia Council and released by Scholastic Australia. 

 

2002: Diary Z re-titled 

Mon Journal Top Secret! 

by Hachette Jeunesse

 

2008: gift book Mad Cars Disease demands a sequel, 

Mad Cars Disease 2

MLDesign. (Both sell widely throughout Australia).

 

2009: Short story Cryptic Jack, Highly Commended, 

Eyre Writers Award.

 

2009: erotic novel Erogeny, MLDesign.

 

2015: biography Tom Price -from Stonecutter to Premier, Wakefield Press.

 

2017 biography Round the Bay for a Bob, MLDesign.

FILM/TELEVISION: 

 

1980’s: writing, assistant-directing, script-editing on feature films Coda, Fever

StrangersThe Dreaming.  Tomorrow’s Journey

Screenplay nominated for the Monte Miller Award. Goldspinner series on ABC children’s television. 

 

1990’s: family feature Dark Side of the Pumpkin funded for development by the SAFC with Script Editor Andrew Bovell (Lantana).

 

1990’s/2000: Supported by the ACTF and SAFC, Steph develops, Diary Z and Red into a bible for a TV series. 

 

2008: 18 min ‘no budget’ film Flip’d! premieres at the South Australian Film Corporation. 

 

2010: stage play Frank’ll Kill Me morphs to Mary Mary, feature screenplay  selected for the  NSW 2009 Aurora Workshops.

 

On-going:

thriller Mary Mary and family feature film Desert Train seek producers. 

 

 

STAGE: 

 

2000: Frank’ll Kill Me – full-length, performed over three nights at the Adelaide Festival of One. 

 

2002: Bird in the Camellia Tree – full length, mentorship from the Australia Council,; joint winner in the national Rodney Seaborn award - $5000 grant to realise a professional performance reading. 

 

2004: Bird in the Camellia Tree – full-length, short-listed by the Australia Council for a residency workshop in Banff, Canada.

 

2007: Hungry Jack – short play, selected for the Short & Sweet Festival at The Newtown Theatre in Sydney.

 

2007: Scattering Robert – full length, premieres at Wirreanda High School and performed by many other Australian high schools thereafter.

 

RADIO:  

 

1987: Out of Mind - joint winner of the ABC Ian Reed prize.

 

1995: Pictures at Departure - BBC World Service Best Play Asia Pacific; AWGIE award (Australian Writers’ Guild). 

 

1997: Bird in the Camellia Tree - BBC World Service Silver Award. 

 

2007: Killing Oleander - Best Play Asia Pacific, BBC World Service (from a record 1200 entries). 

 

2009: Killing Oleander - broadcast by the ABC on AirPlay. 

 

2010: Killing Oleander - nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild award. 

 

 

CONTACT

Stephanie McCarthy

spmc@adam.com.au

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