Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Plains of Promise (1997), Grog War (2009), The Swan Book (2013). Her second novel Carpentaria (2006), published by Navayana, was the winner of the 2007 Miles Franklin Award, the highest literary award in Australia. Her latest novel The Swan Book was awarded the 2014 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She lives in Melbourne with her partner Anatoly Sawenko and has two daughters.