"Wendy Harmer is one of Australia’s
best known humourists."
She is a veteran of the Edinburgh, Montreal and Glasgow-Mayfest Festivals and has worked extensively in London, America and Ireland, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival five times. In 1990, her one-woman show LOVE GONE WRONG received a “Pick Of The Fringe“ award and subsequently transferred to London.
A former political journalist, Wendy is the author of four books for adults – IT’S A JOKE, JOYCE, a book on Australian Women’s humour, LOVE GONE WRONG, a humorous look at failed relationships, SO ANYWAY, a collection of her weekly columns from The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend Magazine and in 2004, FAREWELL MY OVARIES. Wendy also contributed to Marie Claire’s WHAT WOMEN WANT in 2002 and a volume of THE BEST EVER SPORTS WRITING …200 YEARS OF SPORT WRITING. She has written two plays: BACKSTAGE PASS and WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH MARY JANE? which has been enormously successful in promoting a wider understanding of the problems associated with anorexia among children, parents and the community at large and has toured all over Australia. Wendy also wrote the libretto for Baz Luhrmann’s Opera Australia production of LAKE LOST. PEARLIE AND OPAL, the third in her children’s book series, PEARLIE IN THE PARK, was published in October 2004 by Random House. The first two books in the series, PEARLIE IN THE PARK and PEARLIE AND THE LOST DOLL have outsold all previous Random House books for young children in their age group becoming instant best sellers. PEARLIE IN THE PARK has been adapted for the stage by Wendy and is being toured by Monkey Baa Productions throughout Australia in 2005. The animation television rights to PEARLIE have been optioned by Sticky Pictures for co-production with a Canadian broadcaster. The fifty-two part series is expected to go into production in 2006. Wendy will create and write the series with Sticky Pictures.
Wendy was the host of the ABC TV series THE BIG GIG, co-starred in the critically acclaimed WORLD SERIES DEBATES with Andrew Denton in 1993/94 for ABC TV and in 1990 she had her own TV chat show, IN HARMER’S WAY. Wendy also hosted the Logie Awards in 2002.
Wendy began her career in radio on the ABC’s Radio National with her own drive time programme. In 1993 she joined Sydney radio station 2 Day FM to lead the Breakfast Show team. During the 11 years she hosted this program it was rated number one in 84 out of 88 surveys. The news of her departure brought 3000 emails from disappointed listeners. She has written for numerous Australian magazines and has been a contributing columnist for THE AUSTRALIAN WOMENS WEEKLY, NEW WEEKLY, THE AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE and HQ.
After leaving 2 Day FM Wendy took a well earned break for a year but still found time to complete FAREWELL MY OVARIES, her first novel which has been described as ‘witty, warm and wise – a sexy novel of love and life,’ and was published by Allen & Unwin in March 2005. This year she is developing two television series, one drama and the other documentary. She is half way through her second novel, LOVE AND PUNISHMENT, commissioned by Allen & Unwin.
In 2004 Wendy was the subject of the first ABC AUSTRALIAN STORY to be aired in 2005. The programme won its time slot in three states including NSW.
is married to Brendan, a committed environmentalist, surfer and house-husband and has two children aged 5 and 7. She still finds time to be involved with the Manly Football club and takes her regular turn at the school tuck shop.