Dr Sally Breen

Sally Breen is a senior lecturer in creative writing in the School of Humanities, fiction editor of Australia’s most awarded literary journal The Griffith REVIEW, and is recognised as a significant young Australian author. She is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction and is currently signed to the prestigious international publisher Harper Collins. In 2010 Sally signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins after winning the Varuna Harper Collins Manuscript Award in 2008. In the last four years she has published two book length creative works of which she is the sole author: The Casuals, a memoir released in 2011 and Atomic City released in 2013, a literary crime novel which was shortlisted in the emerging manuscript prize at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards in 2005 and shortlisted (after release) for the Queensland Literary Awards Courier Mail Book of the Year 2014. Both books received significant national attention with national press reviews and invitations for the author to speak at major writers festivals nationally and internationally including: the Ubud Writers and Reader’s Festival Indonesia; Asia Pacific Writers Symposium Singapore; and the Byron Bay Writers Festival. 

In 2015 Sally is scheduled to appear at both the Goa and Jaipur International Writers Festivals in India and various national festivals on the strength and standing of these works. Sally has been the recipient of several national funding grants including an Asia Link residency in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2012 and an Australian Council for the Arts New Work Grant. Sally’s short form fiction and creative non-fiction work has appeared in many prestigious national publications including Overland, the Griffith REVIEW, Review of Australian Fiction, Best Australian Stories, Wet Ink, The Age and The Australian. 

Sally currently serves on the board for Asia Link as a literary advisor and has contributed to a number of arts and cultural organisations including acting as a board member for the Queensland Writers Centre, the Regional Arts Development Committee (RADF) for Arts Queensland and overseeing several large scale public projects for the Gold Coast City Council. 

Whether her work is focused on critique of labour conditions in the UAE or the perception of and representation of women in literature Sally’s writing is consistently provocative and subversive, seeking to challenge dominant structures and paradigms.

More details of Dr Sally Breen’s publications and research profile can be found on Griffith Experts.


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