Toni Tapp Coutts

Mar 2016

Toni Tapp Coutts A Sunburnt ChildhoodLarger than life. I don’t think there is a person in Katherine who doesn’t know Toni Tapp Coutts, or at least know of Toni as longstanding Alderman of Katherine Town Council.

Born and raised in the Territory, Toni grew up on Killarney Station, and spent over a decade on the MacArthur River Station in Gulf Country. She’s competed in camp drafts and barrel racing, owned a variety store in outback Borroloola, and a dress boutique in Katherine. Toni was once the Executive Officer of Katherine Regional Arts (we feel you should know)!

Toni has also spent the last twenty years encouraging a new generation of writers through the NT Writers Centre Katherine arm, KROW. And all this is really just scratching the surface.

Toni was shortlisted in the 2002 NT Literary Awards for her story ‘Daisy & Dora’. In 2009 Toni spent time at Varuna, the Writers’ House in Katoomba NSW to work on A Sunburnt Childhood. One of the chapters from the memoir, ‘Walking the Wet’, was published in Meanjin Quarterly Review in March 2010. Toni also self published biography ‘Bill Tapp – Cattle King’ in 2010, and has co-produced and designed the covers for six of the KROW anthologies. She has works featured on Radio National and published in a variety of magazines including MEANJIN And the Broad Kill Review.

Fast forward to 2016, Hachette Australia is publishing Toni’s Memoir ‘A Sunburnt Childhood’ for national release early April.

Congratulations Toni! We are immensely proud of all your achievements, artistically, and of the many that have not been expanded on in this short piece. You yourself are becoming a bit of a local legend.

Katherine Book launch of ‘A Sunburnt Childhood’ to be held at the Katherine Museum. Date to be advised.