Nicole Hayes is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. She is also a writing instructor who has taught with the Australian Writers' Centre for more than eight years, as well as at universities, TAFEs and schools around Australia. She taught Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne for four years.
Her latest book is Ozzy Rules! (Hardie Grant 2020) which celebrates the great game of AFL, a sport that Nicole loves. Her other books include the young adult novels A Shadow’s Breath (Penguin Random House 2017), The Whole of My World (Random House, 2013), and One True Thing (Penguin Random House, 2015) — winner of the Children’s Peace Literature Award, CBCA Notable Book, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award, WA Young Readers Book Awards and YABBA Awards.
In 2016, Nicole published an anthology of writing from writers and thinkers from the margins who love AFL, called From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (Black Inc 2016) co-edited with Alicia Sometimes. On the back of this release, Alicia and Nicole joined with four friends to form the groundbreaking all-female Australian football podcast, The Outer Sanctum. Alicia and Nicole also collaborated on a book for kids about women’s AFL – A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017 (Nero Books, 2017), published at the start of the inaugural AFLW competition.
Nicole regularly speaks about writing, sport, politics and gender at festivals and literary events around the country, including appearances at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Somerset Schools Festival, Willy Lit, Bendigo Writers Festival, and Trinity Bay in Cairns, among others, and internationally at the inaugural ANZ Festival of Literature and Arts, London.
She is a frequent guest speaker in the media, in particular on ABC Melbourne Radio, Radio National, and the ABC network, as well as making TV and commercial appearances on Fox Footy and SEN radio. She has a Master of Arts in Communications (Creative Writing), a BA in Politics and Media Studies, and is a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador.
Nicole teaches Creative Writing Stage 1.