Roland Fishman

Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

Roland lives in Sydney, Australia with his partner Kathleen Allen, who was integral to the writing of No Man’s Land. In 1992, Roland founded The Writers’ Studio, a creative writing school based in the Sydney suburb of Bronte. Since then, thousands of people have completed his courses both Live and Online.

Roland and Kathleen continue to teach the live classes and have conducted three sold-out workshops at The Sydney Writers’ Festival. In creating the program, Roland drew on his own extensive career as a writer, as well as his experiences travelling around the world learning the art and craft of writing from bestselling authors and elite teachers.


Throughout his life, Roland has been drawn to sports. He has sailed in The Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world’s great ocean races, been a beach sprint champion at his local surf club and played first grade Rugby Union in Sydney for the Randwick Rugby Club and the University of NSW. He also coached men and women’s Rugby teams at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

And like Carter, Roland has surfed since age 10. He’s chased waves up and down the east coast of Australia, as well as in Indonesia, Hawaii, the west coast of America and Samoa. It was the competitive edge every surfer faces when catching a steep wave in a crowded break that provided the initial inspiration for Russell Carter and No Man’s Land.

During his time as a sports journalist and columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald, and while researching two sports books, Roland interviewed many elite athletes, endeavouring to find out what made them tick. His main character, Russell Carter, embodies many of these qualities.