Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. He is the author of the plays Inner Voices, Visions, Inside the Island, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, The Watchtower, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, The Incorruptible, The Jungle, The Language of the Gods and The Boyce Trilogy. He has written the non-fiction works The Cheated, Warne’s World, Walkabout, Chihuahuas, Women and Me (essays), Bad Dreaming, Kings Cross: a biography and its companion volume, Woolloomooloo: a biography. His fiction includes The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights, Abaza, Ice, Into that Forest and Prince of Afghanistan. His memoirs are The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon. Some of his radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, Sydney, The Divine Hammer, Far North, The Wedding in Venice, Jez and The Light of Darkness. He was the principal writer of the documentary series First Australians and created the TV series The Last Resort and The Straits. Besides writing libretti, and the telemovies Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King, his screen credits include Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven’s Burning, The Matchmaker, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. He lives in Sydney and is married to the writer Mandy Sayer.