Sarah Hopkins is an experienced criminal lawyer and award-winning novelist. Her debut novel The Crimes of Billy Fish was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2007 and her latest work The Subjects explores the current approach to teenage criminal offenders in a dystopian setting. She is the Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT and Chair of Just Reinvest NSW. She tells how her legal and writing careers work hand-in-glove.
Woven through the alternative universe of Sarah Hopkins’ latest novel is a brutal reality: for many children swept up in our state’s juvenile justice system, often there are no happy endings.
But the career of the criminal defence lawyer, social justice expert and author has another recurring theme: hope. Hope that through strong intention and smart investment, we can rewrite the future of the children most at risk of falling through the cracks.