Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. He is the author of such plays as Inner Voices, Visions, Inside the Island, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, The Incorruptible, The Jungle, The Language of the Gods, They Boyce Trilogy and This Much is True.
His non-fiction works include The Cheated (Angus & Robertson, 1979), Warne's World (Angus & Robertson, 2002), Walkabout (Currency Press, 2003), Chihuahuas, Women and Me (Giramondo, 2005), Bad Dreaming (Pluto Press, 2007), Kings Cross: A Biography (New South Publishing, 2013) and Wooloomooloo: A Biography (NewSouth Publishing, 2017).
His novels include The Misery of Beauty (Angus & Robertson,1976), Palu, (St. Martin’s Press, 1987) Red Nights (Picador, 1997), Abaza (Picador, 2001), Ice (Allen & Unwin, 2008), Into That Forest (YA, Allen & Unwin, 2012; Eggmont UK, 2013, Amazon through Skyscape in US, 2013) , The Prince of Afghanistan (YA, Allen & Unwin, 2015). Louis has written two memoirs The Twelfth of Never (Picador, 1999) and Shooting the Moon (Picador, 2004).
Some of his radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, Sydney, The Divine Hammer, Far North, Jez and The Light of Darkness. He wrote the telemovies Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King plus created the TV series The Last Resort and The Straits.
His screen credits include Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven's Burning, The Matchmaker, Radience, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. He was co-writer of the documentary series First Australians. He lives in Sydney and is married to the writer Mandy Sayer.