is one of Australia's finest writers and a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War
, a study of alcohol abuse in the outback town of Tennant Creek, and the novel Plains of Promise
, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, the Age Book of the Year and the NSW Premier's Award. In 2007 Carpentaria
won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's equivalent of the Booker.