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Sienna Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, grew up in Toronto, Canada and now lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
In Canada, she was a professional dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre, Canada’s premiere contemporary dance company.
 
She’s a graduate of the prestigious Australian Film & TV School (AFTRS) where she gained a BA in television directing and editing. After graduating, she formed Pine Street Films, through which she produced, directed and wrote documentaries and educational films. 

Her debut novel Master of My Fate, published in 2019 by Penguin Random House, won the MUD Literary Prize at Adelaide Writers Week for the best debut novel by an Australian writer and was shortlisted for the ARA Historical Fiction Novel Prize, in 2020. 

In 2021, she was commissioned by ABC Radio National, the History Listen Series to create Caribbean Convicts in Australia, a podcast based on her research for Master. 

In 2022, she was appointed Research Associate at Western Sydney University. Her position is being funded by a three-year Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant administered through the Writing & Society Research Centre. Under the auspices of the grant, she has just completed her second novel, Love Under A Tropical Sun set in Australia and Jamaica. She developed and co-produced Callaloo & Wattleseed, a unique one-day symposium, that focused for the first time on the cultural contributions of Caribbean Australians, in the arena of music, education, literature and performance. 

She is currently working with The History Lab at UTS’s Impact Studios to produce further podcasts on the history of Caribbean people in Australia.

 

Sienna’s also a Judge for Voices of Woman Short Film and Script Festival. As well as a Judge for the ARA Historical Fiction Novel Prize, 2024 which will be awarded in October. 

Sienna is proud to be represented by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary 

Member of ASA
The Australian Society of Authors acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to their cultures, country and elders past present and emerging. The ASA respects Australia's first storytellers.
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