Dr Leigh Straw is an academic, historian, and writer. She is a Senior Lecturer in Australian and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.
Leigh's most recent publications, 'Lillian Armfield' - exploring the life of Australia's first female detective in early twentieth century Sydney, and 'After the War: Returned Soldiers and the Mental and Physical Scars of World War 1' are out now. ‘After the War’ was the joint winner of the 2018 Margaret Medcalf Award.
Leigh’s next book, a true crime biography of femme fatale underworld figure, Dulcie Markham, will be published in June 2019. She is currently writing a book on her journey to understand more about her Scottish ancestry and the ongoing impacts of intergenerational trauma.
Leigh is also the author of the award-winning local history 'Drunks, Pests and Harlots: Criminal Women in Perth and Fremantle, 1900-1939' and the Fremantle based Claire Patterson crime fiction series.