Robert Hillman is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction and biography. His autobiography, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award for 2005. His 2007 biography, My Life as a Traitor, written with Zarah Ghahramani, appeared in numerous overseas editions and was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2008. His first collaboration with Najaf Mazari, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, grew out of an abiding interest in the hardships and triumphs of refugees and has been studied extensively in schools across Australia as part of the English curriculum. His second collaboration with Najaf, 2011's The Honey Thief, is a collection of spellbinding tales that reveal the rich storytelling traditions of Afghanistan. His biography of celebrated indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul: His Life and Music, was published in 2013, and a new novel, Joyful, came out in April 2014.
Author's Comment: I am attracted to writing about the struggle of the marginalised people of the Australian community, particularly of refugees and asylum seekers . . . I am passionate about drawing attention to the people in our society who suffer social and political discrimination.