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ANZAC Day podcast: Anne-Louise Willoughby and Australia's first female war artist Nora Heysen - News

ANZAC Day podcast: Anne-Louise Willoughby and Australia's first female war artist Nora Heysen

April 3, 2019

In this episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast, Holden Sheppard speaks to Anne-Louise Willoughby about her biography of Australia’s first official female war artist and first female Archibald Prize winner, Nora Heysen: A Portrait.

Here, Anne-Louise talks about why Nora’s paintings of World War II are some of the most significant in Australian art history, how contentious her Archibald win was, and the enduring but competitive relationship she had with her landscape painter father, Hans Heysen.

Anne-Louise is also a creative writing teacher at the University of Western Australia and Holden has made sure to get her writing advice for all our new and emerging writers.


Anne-Louise Willoughby is the author of Nora Heysen: A Portrait, which is available now from all good bookstores and online. Holden Sheppard is the winner of the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for 2018. His novel Invisible Boys will be available soon.

Music: ‘Letter to a Daughter of St George’, from the Meat Lunch EP: Songs from Floaters. Written by Alan Fyfe. Performed by Trevor Bentley (guitar and vocals – @trevormb) and Chris Parkinson (harmonica). Produced by Blake Carnaby of Nuglife studios with impresario work by Benjamin P. Newton.

Podcast editor: Claire Miller

Mastered by: Aidan d’Adhemar