Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Photo of Jessica Walton with pink hair

If you’d told me two years ago that I’d soon be the author of a picture book published in over ten countries, I’d have laughed.

I loved creative writing in school, and had won numerous writing competitions including an international poetry competition run by the Vatican, but I was eventually convinced that it wasn’t going to lead to any kind of career. I studied one year of journalism instead, but dropped out to do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Arabic, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. It was a long, fun and interesting road

Are you a digital native (the generation of people born during or after the rise of digital technologies) or a digital immigrant (people born before the advent of digital technology)?  Either way the internet moves so fast: it can be hard to remember a time when YouTube Videos were limited to ten minutes and you had to wait for them to buffer at 240p. 

For the 2016 Digital Writers' Festival, emerging writer Honor Eastly was part of an innovative and...

Digital Writers' Festival 2016

We all live in the internet. We see it, we breathe it, we create our lives in it. But it's changing and growing all the time, in big ways we can perceive, and in small ways we can’t.

For the 2016 Digital Writers' Festival, emerging writer Jessica Knight was part of an innovative and informative live streamed session titled 'The Internet We Imagine.' The panel...

Book cover of Me, Antman and Fleabag

Coverage of Indigenous and disabled writers is both sorely lacking and, largely, falsely homogenised in the current Australian literary market. This lack extends beyond the literary community and is a pervasive issue throughout all forms of mass media from television to film.

The talent is there, but access and categorisation with a focus on genre combine to exclude and limit readership of stories told by these groups. It was issues like these that were examined through  discussion of two works by Indigenous writers, Tony Birch and Gayle Kennedy, during...

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Can you tell me how being a woman writer has influenced your work?

And then, I feel it: on the women’s writing panel at every Australian festival. The momentary confusion. The invisibility. And sometimes, the anger and the grief. Mostly, I qualify the question. I’m a black woman writer, making work in Australia, for a largely white audience. Overtly political work. Most of my characters are black, and disenfranchised men and women. I can’t really think about being a woman writer, in isolation from that.

What I mean is: I don’t really understand your question. What I mean is:...

Photo of Susan Mackenzie with her dog

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here Susan Mackenzie challenges the perception that 'Young People Don't Get Sick'.

Photo of Kate Hood with the text "Writing is at the very heart of my creative world"

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from 'Hunger' by regional writer and 2013 Write-ability Fellow Kate Hood...

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here regional writer Natasha Agafonoff explores the link between writing and wellness, and when the pen is mightier than the shrink...

Photo of Chris Van Ingen

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

After receiving widespread acclaim for his role in the ABC production of Christos Tsiolkas' 'Barracuda', Geelong actor, writer and disability advocate Chris Van Ingen discusses how his writing has influenced his current success and why people with disability are best placed to play characters with disability...

A photo of shallow water on sand

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from Christian's story, 'Three little ducks'...