Heather was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. In 1971 she moved to Melbourne, Australia. In 1975 she returned to New Zealand, living in Christchurch and commenced a B.A. degree at Canterbury University. After moving back to Melbourne in 1987, she completed her B.A. at Monash University. In 1995 she began work in the Social Work Department at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne where she stayed until 2017.
Heather Morris - Author of
SATURDAY 28h July 10:30 AM
THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ
In 1996 she decided to follow her passion for storytelling and enrolled in The Professional Scriptwriting Course through the Australian College of Journalism. Heather attended many screenwriting courses, seminars and workshops in both Australia and the U.S.
In 2003 she was introduced to Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov and spent 3 years conducting interviews with him. She then wrote The Tattooist of Auschwitz as a screenplay. It was optioned by a producer, but when the option lapsed, Heather entered it into several international screenwriting competitions, winning one and highly placing in several others.
Inspired by the comments from competition readers, Heather embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to self-publish her story as a novel. Through this venture, she came to the attention of publisher Angela Meyer at Echo (Bonnier Publishing Australia) in Melbourne and the book was published.
Heather will talk about her journey to write The Tattooist of Auschwitz – a heart-wrenching tale of love and survival. It tells how, amid the inhumanity of the grim death camps of Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was determined to survive. Incredibly, prisoner 32407 not only survived, but found a love that also survived the Holocaust.