About

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Hi! I’m Amelia. Having decided at age three that I wanted to ‘work in a shop surrounded by books that I have written,’ I’ve been relentlessly pursuing that dream ever since.

By day, I’m an English teacher, once described by my students as ‘the embodiment of enthusiasm.’ I studied creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and wrote my thesis on teen fantasy fiction.

Novels

My MG novel, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, will be published in October 2020 by Affirm Press. It’s a fantastical adventure set in Cole’s Book Arcade – a very special piece of Melbourne history, starring the family who lived there. I wrote it with the help of the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust’s 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship.

Plays

I also write plays for secondary schools. The Glass Street Ghost is a comedic mystery about three young investigators trying to uncover the secret of their local haunted house. Shift is a comedy about the self-aware characters of a fantasy novel, on a quest to find their author. Both plays are suitable for large casts and school budgets, available here and here.

Awards

I was a 2018 winner of the Australian Society of Authors’ Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Award Mentorship. I’ve also had a manuscript shortlisted for the 2016 Ampersand Prize.

One of my short stories, Left of Centre, came runner up in the fiction category of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Competition in 2016 and was published in The Victorian Writer magazine.

You can read my poetry for free here, or assorted short pieces here.

If you’d like to get in touch, email me at melloramelia@gmail.com, leave a comment, or follow me on Twitter. Thanks for visiting!