Olga Lorenzo

Olga Lorenzo was born in Cuba a month after the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. Her family left Havana for Miami when she was not quite three years old on one of the ‘Freedom Flights’. When she was 22, Olga moved to Australia and finished her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University, where she later went on to do a Masters and a PhD in creative writing. She currently teaches creative writing and has also worked as a journalist and sub-editor for the Melbourne Age.

Olga’s first novel, The Rooms In My Mother’s House, was short-listed for the Australian Vogel Prize, the NSW Premier’s Ethnic Affairs Award and highly commended in the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. It was on the long list for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize and was a bestseller in Australia and Greece.

The Light on the Water, Olga’s second novel, is published by Allen & Unwin.

‘An unforgettable and magical read… Olga Lorenzo is a writer of sublime skill and intelligence.’ – Toni Jordan

‘…for a story that sets an individual’s moral conscience against society’s judgements and condemnations, and for all that Anne experiences moments of despair and fury, The Light on the Water has a surprising lightness to it, like the light touch of a cello when playing the most sorrowful of songs.’ – The Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age