Favel Parrett, from Victoria, travelled to Antarctica on Australia’s current icebreaker Aurora Australis, leaving Hobart on 7 November 2012. She visited Davis station to study the history of the Nella Dan, a former Australian supply ship, and to experience the icy continent first hand.
Ms Parrett grew up in Hobart, and knew the Nella Dan well as a child — even keeping a photo of the ship at Heard Island on her bedroom wall. Before departing to Antarctica, she interviewed many past crew and expeditioners who travelled on the Nella Dan as research for her book.
Ms Parrett was a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2009 and has had a number of short stories published in journals including Island, Wet Ink, Griffith Review and Best Australian Stories 2011.
Her first novel, Past the Shallows, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary award 2012 and also won the Dobbie Literary Prize and Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.
Her book on the Nella Dan, When the Night Comes, is available now.