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This page is part of the 2008 FESTIVAL ARCHIVE.
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Simon Cleary

Simon Cleary
Simon Cleary’s first novel is The Comfort of Fig. He grew up in a house in Toowoomba overlooking an enormous Moreton Bay fig tree and now lives in Melbourne.

After studying Literature and Law at university in Brisbane, Simon worked for many years as a public interest lawyer, including four years at Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney, and 10 years with the Legal Aid office in Queensland. In 2006, Simon was the emerging writer-in-residence at the Queensland Writer’s Centre.

Simon Cleary will be appearing:

The Whole Shebang, our intensive day-long workshop for emerging writers, gets you plugged straight into the publishing industry grid.
Between the present and the fictional past.