Former Home and Away actress Judy Nunn, best known for her role as Ailsa Stewart, has had a long and multifaceted career.
After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Nunn decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose.
“I am one of those very fortunate people who knew – virtually from the age of 10 – what I wanted to do with my life,” she told the Sun. “I knew I wanted to write and I knew I wanted to act.”
In 2015 Nunn was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.
“The writing was always there but I didn’t ever expect or plan to become a novelist as such,” she said. “That came as a bit of a surprise.”
The bestselling author will speak about her latest novel, Sanctuary, at Merrylands Central Library on November 13.
Nunn said in Sanctuary, compassion meets bigotry and despair meets hope.
“The story is set on a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, where a rickety dinghy runs aground,” Nunn said.
“Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. The instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean.”
- 6.30pm, November 13, Merrylands Central Library, Newman St & Miller St, Merrylands. Details: 9735 1399.