Sophie Cunningham has been on the publishing scene in Australia for 30 years. A former publisher and editor, she is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, and as part of the City series, wrote Melbourne. Her most recent book, Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy, was published by Text Publishing in 2014 and shortlisted for several major literary prizes. She is a former editor of Meanjin, and was, from 2011 to 2014, chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. She is a founding and current board member of the Stella Prize. She is writing her third novel, This Devastating Fever, based on Leonard Woolf’s time in Ceylon, and a book of linked essays called Diary from the End Times. She is an adjunct professor of RMIT (non/fictionLab), in the school of media and communication in the College of Design and Social Context.