Debra is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and was creator and head writer of the first five seasons of Offspring. Her stage plays have been performed around the world . Gary’s House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Debra has also written four plays for young audiences – Dags, Skate, Stories in the Dark and House on Fire. Her television credits include award-winning episodes of Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written six children's novels, including The Redback Leftovers, Getting Air and Blue Noise. Her first adult novel Useful was published in 2015 and a new novel, The Whole Bright Year, will be published in 2018.