"Creative dynamo", actor, director and author Leah Purcell has been appointed the 2013 Copyright Agency Non-Fiction Writer-in-Residence at UTS.
Funded by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, the Non-fiction Writer in Residence is the first of its kind in Australia and is intended to promote the study, recognition and wider appreciation of high-quality non-fiction in this country.
Many of Australia's major writers are now working in non-fiction and much of the ground-breaking work is being produced in this genre.
Leah Purcell, who will take up her residency in February, is one of Australia's leading actors, directors and author of Box the Pony and the best-selling non-fiction anthology Black Chicks Talking.
She has written and directed episodes of the ABC TV series Redfern Now and wrote, directed and starred in the short film, She Say, which will air on the ABC early in 2013.
Leah is currently directing and acting in the classic Indigenous work, Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which she co-adapted for the stage.
Leah Purcell will be attached to the Creative Practices Area in the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and will be available to work with creative writing students as well as giving two public lectures.
UTS Head of Creative Practices, Professor John Dale, said, "Leah Purcell is an outstanding writer, director and actor. She is a creative dynamo and we are extremely pleased to have Leah working with staff and students at the leading writing program in the country."