Noëlle Janaczewska is a playwright, poet, essayist, and the author of The Book of Thistles (UWA Publishing, 2017). Much of her work deals with history’s gaps and silences, focusing on people, plants, creatures and events which have been overlooked or marginalised in official records. Noëlle’s writing has been produced, broadcast and published locally and internationally, and in 2014 she received a prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University for her body of work as a dramatist. In Australia her plays and audio scripts have won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition, the Griffin Award and ten AWGIE Awards. Recent productions include: Experiment Street (ABC Radio National, 2019); Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue (Q Theatre/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, 2018); Seoul City Sue (ABC Radio National, 2018) and audio scripts for the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum’s Rome: City and Empire exhibition. In 2018 Currency Press published Good With Maps and Teacup in a Storm in a two-play edition. Noëlle also presents performance essays—a term she coined to describe a hybrid which mashes the essay and the monologue with a range of other sources and genres. In 2015 she performed Dear Scott— her collected letters to the then Minister for Immigration, and Blasted Island—Nauru’s backstory was part of the Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Noëlle’s latest book is Scratchland (UWA Publishing Poetry Series, 2020).
Find out more about Noëlle’s writing at www.noelle-janaczewska.com