Month: January 2014

Diego Marani: Essayist and novelist

Born in Italy in 1959, Diego Marani is a man of many talents. A highly regarded translator, he is the creator of Europanto, a mock ‘international auxiliary language’ (a language invented for use by people who don’t share a common mother tongue), in which he has published short stories... read more

At My Desk: Bestselling action thriller novelist Matthew Reilly

International best-selling author Matthew Reilly began writing his first novel at 19, while still at university. That first novel, Contest, was rejected by all major publishers and Matthew self-published it in 1996, printing 1000 copies and selling it himself to bookstores across Sydney. In early 1997, he was... read more

Mitch Lewis: From IT Systems Manager to published author

Mitch Lewis, 34, was working as an IT Systems Manager when he first discovered the Australian Writers’ Centre. Mitch knew that he enjoyed writing but he didn’t know how to take this interest further. At the time, Mitch says he knew that he liked writing his cricket team’s... read more

Angela Steyn: Successful career change

Angela Steyn, 33, left her job as a lawyer to become an interior stylist and writer specialising in interiors, homes and design … with some help from the Australian Writers’ Centre. In 2007, Angela walked away from her job as a lawyer to follow her passion for interiors. She knew she... read more

Deborah Levy: Playwright turned novelist

Deborah Levy began her creative career as a playwright in 1981 when she left the Darlington College of Arts to write plays including Pax, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon and Heresies: Eva and Moses, which was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. While her plays were acclaimed for... read more

Arnold Zable: Award-winning Australian writer and human rights advocate

An award-winning Australian writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights advocate, Arnold Zable combines a prodigious creative output with extensive human rights advocacy work. Recently appointed as a Vice-Chancellor's fellow at the University of Melbourne following his completion of doctorate in Creative Arts, he is the author of... read more