Leah Purcell
About the author

Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell is a multi-award-winning and self-made author, playwright, actor, director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and showrunner. At the heart of her work are female and First Nation themes, characters and issues. The Drover’s Wife was first a play written by and starring Purcell, which premiered at Belvoir St Theatre in late 2016 and swept the board during the 2017 awards season, winning the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for Playwriting and Book of the Year; the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the Victorian Prize for Literature; the Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Best Stage Work, Major Work and the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre; the Helpmann Award for Best Play and Best New Australian Work; and the Sydney–UNESCO City of Film Award. The feature film adaptation of The Drover’s Wife, written, directed and starring Leah Purcell, is slated for a 2020 release. Leah Purcell is a proud Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.

Books by Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell Articles

I Loved to Tell a Yarn: Q&A With The Drover's Wife Author, Leah Purcell

News | Author Related

6 January 2020

I Loved to Tell a Yarn: Q&A With The Drover's Wife Author, Leah Purcell

    Harrowing and Brilliant: Read a Chapter of The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell

    Review | Extract

    17 December 2019

    Harrowing and Brilliant: Read a Chapter of The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell

      Authentic and Brilliant: Read a Review of The Drover's Wife by Leah Purcell

      Review | Our Review

      17 December 2019

      Authentic and Brilliant: Read a Review of The Drover's Wife by Leah Purcell