About Tanya

Tanya Heaslip is an Australian author based in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She was raised on a cattle station north of Alice during the 1960s and 1970s. Tanya learnt about the outside world through Correspondence lessons, School of the Air and devouring library books about overseas lands.

When she was twelve years old, she was sent sixteen hundred kilometres away from her outback home to a boarding school, a traumatic and life changing experience. From there, she went on to become the first student of School of the Air to study and graduate in law.

Her greatest dream – to visit the overseas lands depicted in her childhood storybooks – finally led her to the Czech Republic to teach English in 1994, four years after the Berlin Wall fell.

Tanya Heaslip in red

Tanya has since published three memoirs with Allen & Unwin about those different phases of her life:  Alice to Prague (AU 2019), An Alice Girl (AU 2020), and Beyond Alice (AU 2021).

Tanya lives back in Alice with her husband and still works in law. She was the Regional Vice President and President of the NT Writer’s Centre (2018 – 2022). Tanya is now writing her fourth book Grain of Truth – this time fiction! She is excited to share these stories with you and looks forward to your feedback.