And The Winner Is: Heather Rose

And The Winner Is: Heather Rose

Heather RoseBorn: 10 August 1964

Childhood: Grew up in Hobart, Tasmania.

Best known for: Winning the Stella Prize in 2017 for her book The Museum of Modern Love, a progressive book that weaves together fact and fiction. It is inspired by Marina Abramaovic and her performance called The Artist is Present, which continued for seventy-five days.

How many books published: Rose has written seven books: four are adult fiction, and the other three co-authored with Danielle Wood under the pen name Angelica Banks.

How she became a writer: By the age of sixteen, Rose was writing a weekly column in the Hobart Mercury and she won the Tasmanian Short Story Prize in 1981. But it wasn’t until 1999 that she published her first novel White Heart, the story of two children growing up in Tasmania.

 Star Sign: Leo

Quotable quotes: ‘I want nothing more than to continue to write, but nothing is more difficult for me than writing.’

Most Recent Book: The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize.

Past Times: Heather lives on the shores of the River Derwent where she writes, paints, admires clouds, ocean swims, grows things, and makes the occasional cake for family and loved ones.

Did you know? Although Rose is an acclaimed and prize-winning author, she is also one of Tasmania’s best known businesswoman. At around the same time she finished writing her first novel, Rose co-founded an advertising agency – and it became so successful that in 2004 Rose was named Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year 2004.

Rose has also worked as a goatherd.

Favourite Author: Rose loves the work of Danielle Wood. In her Stella Prize interview, Rose called Wood ‘Australia’s Angela Carter.’ Wood’s adult fiction is dark and twisted.

Publisher details

The Museum of Modern Love
Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
24 August, 2016


She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.Arky Swann is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them. About the AuthorThe Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose's 7th novel. Her novels span adult literary fiction, children's literature, fantasy/sci-fi and crime. Heather's previous novels are White Heart (1999), The Butterfly Man (2005) and The River Wife (2009). Heather also writes the acclaimed Tuesday McGillycuddy series for children (written under the pen-name of Angelica Banks with fellow-author Danielle Wood and published internationally). The series is Finding Serendipity (2013) A Week Without Tuesday (2015) and Blueberry Pancakes Forever (2016).Heather won the Davitt Award in 2006 and her work has been shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award and the Aurealis Awards, and longlisted for the IMPAC Awards. She is also a recipient of the international Eleanor Dark Fellowship.Heather was the inaugural Writer in Residence at The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart 2012-13 where she did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. Heather is currently studying Fine Arts at UTAS.
Heather Rose
About the author

Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels. Her seventh novel The Museum of Modern Love won the 2017 Stella Prize. It also won the 2017 Christina Stead Prize and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize. It has been published internationally and translated into numerous languages. Both The Museum of Modern Love and The Butterfly Man were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The Butterfly Man won the Davitt Award in 2006, and in 2007 The River Wife won the international Varuna Eleanor Dark Fellowship. Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks and their Tuesday McGillycuddy children's series has twice been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for best children's fantasy. Angelica Banks is also published internationally. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.

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