Story and illustrations by  Ia Uaro.

Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.

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Sydney's Song

2013 Finalist in Humor

Ia Uaro is an Australian author.


A mum who does several kinds of volunteer work for the community in Sydney, Ia Uaro is manuscript assessor, book reviewer,  author interviewer and humorous real-life socio-fiction author.


Ia was born in the beautiful and remote, world's widest tea plantation by Mount Kerinci in Sumatra where her dad was the plantation's accountant, her mum a teacher. Her dad died when Ia was 13, and Ia moved across the ocean.


She proceeded to become the busiest teen ever: playing in a drum band, tutoring maths, learning languages including English as the fifth language, and, at 17, a teen magazine published Ia's first Young Adult fiction as a serial. Inundated by her fans' letters, the publisher printed it as a book, which was subsequently bought by the Indonesian Department of Education for high-school libraries.


Ia used the proceeds to help fund her university studies, during which time she was active in aero-modelling, martial arts, mountaineering, speleology... and studied petroleum seismology among her music-playing friends. After her graduation Ia worked with French, Norwegian and American geophysical companies, besides being a volunteer translator.


Her husband, who suffers permanent partial brain damage, says Ia now sleep-talks in English.




Biography of Ia Uaro,

author of Sydney's Song,

Australia's humorous

real-life socio fiction.

"Riveting... a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her."—


"Sydney's Song is engaging. A grace, determination and resilience that are inspiring."