Julia Leigh Biography
Disquiet is Julia Leigh's second work of fiction, and it took her nine years to write. When asked why it took her so long, Leigh replies: "There is a nice quote I like from poet Elizabeth Bishop, something like scientists and artists are alike in that they are prepared to waste effort ... When I am exploring things, when I set out, I can't be guaranteed of a result."
Disquiet follows her first novel, The Hunter, which won international critical acclaim and secured her a spot on the London Observer's list, 21 writers to watch in the 21st century. The strength of The Hunter also won her a Rolex Mentor and Protégée Arts Initiative scholarship that included a year of mentoring with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, who was an advocate for Leigh's novella. When Leigh wanted to turn to another project, Morrison encouraged her to stick with Disquiet.
This biography was last updated on 10/28/2008.
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