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From Brisbane, Queensland Australia
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Sandy has produced radio documentaries in many parts of the world including Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Mozambique, South Africa and North and South Sudan. In Finland he has worked with the Finnish National Broadcaster. He has a strong connection with Finland where he lived and worked on a scholarship from the Finnish Government. Sandy's radio work has been recognised with awards in Australia and at the prestigious New York Radio Festival Awards. He is host and producer of Australia Talks Back & Australia Talks Books (which is an on-air international book discussion group).

He has also been awarded the International Kalevala Medal by the Finnish Government for services to Finnish culture.

Sandy has written over twenty-two plays, many short stories and a collection of poetry. Sandy's first novel "In Wolf's Clothing", was entered in the HarperCollins National Fiction Prize in 1995 and was runner-up out of a field of 400. Sandy's subsequent novels, "Peace Crimes", "Poison Tree", "Safe Haven, "Delicate Indecencies" and “The Haha Man” are all bestsellers. The Haha Man has been shortlisted for the Premier's Book of the Year Award and The Ned Kelly Book of the Year Award. He has also written two non-fiction titles and an illustrated children's book called "Blik!" His memoir “The Magician’s Son” will come out in 2005 as will his new novel “The Cobbler’s Apprentice”.

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