Louise received an Australian Postgraduate Award and Edith Cowan University (ECU) Research Excellence Award to complete her PhD in Creative Writing. Frames, written as part of her PhD, was short-listed in the national Playwriting Australia competition in 2010 and 2011 and was produced by Class Act Theatre at the Subiaco Arts Centre and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in 2014. “Frames” is currently shortlisted for publication by Currency Press. In 2013, she was the joint winner of the Magdalena Prize for feminist research for her thesis which included Frames.
Louise also holds a B.Sc (Hons. Psych.) from the University of Western Australia and a Grad. Dip. Eng. from Curtin University.
She has written numerous plays, poetry and stories. Most recent credits include: Light in her Eye won the Todhunter Literary Award for Drama (2014) and was staged at the Perth Fringe Festival in 2018. A Closer Sky was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild award (AWGIE) in 2005 and other plays have been shortlisted in the Short and Sweet Festivals in Melbourne and Sydney (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011). The Bridge was a finalist in New Musicals Australia in 2011. Her novel Thistledown Seed was shortlisted in the Dorothy Hewett Awards, 2018.
Her short story A Night on Long Island won first in the Mandurah Murray Arts Council Literary Competition and was subsequently published in FreeXpreSion and the Mandurah Murray Arts Council anthology Looking Backways, Looking Forwards. Her short story Free Fall was highly commended in the Master Writers Competition (1996) and the Tom Howard Short Story Competition (1998). An anthology of her short stories was shortlisted for publication by Fremantle Arts Centre Press (1995).
In earlier years, Who’s a Hero Anyway? was workshopped at the Australian National Playwrights Conference in 1979. A Bed of Roses was workshopped by the Writers/Performers Workshop in 1982 and was shortlisted for production in the Festival of New Works at Griffin Theatre in Sydney in 1991. A Bed of Roses also won first prize in the Mandurah City Festival of Arts in 1993. Diathesis was produced by the Young Australian League Drama Academy in 1992 and was performed at the State Theatre Festival and the Festival of Little Feet in Western Australia. It was subsequently published by the Dramatick Theatre Review in 1992.
Louise has been a judge for the Australian Writers Guild awards and for the Tallus Prize and is on the West Australian Board of the Australian Writers Guild. She is currently working on a new novel.