Monday, 25 August 2014

Noëlle Janaczewska

Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue, 2018. Photo by Teniola Komolafe

Noëlle Janaczewska is Sydney-based 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 overlooked or marginalised in official records. Noëlle’s work 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, Noëlle’s plays have won a 2017 AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Industry Excellence) Award for Community and Youth Theatre (Teacup in a Storm), a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe), the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition and the Griffin Award (Songket). Her radio works have received eight AWGIE Awards, four for drama, four for nonfiction features. As well as an Asialink Literature Residency in Korea and Fellowships from the Australia Council, she has held the Eric Dark Fellowship (for literary nonfiction) from Varuna Writers’ Centre, and a University of Queensland Creative Fellowship. A graduate of Oxford and London Universities, with a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney, Noëlle continues her relationship with the University of Queensland as an Adjunct Professor.

Recent works include: Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue (The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, 2018); The Children's Audio Tour for the Rome: City and Empire exhibition (National Museum of Australia and the British Museum, 2018-19); Seoul City Sue (ABC Radio National, 2018) and Good With Maps (Siren Theatre Company, Regional NSW tour, 2018; Edinburgh 2017; Sydney, 2017 and 2016).

In 2006 Noëlle began presenting performance essays—a term she coined to describe a hybrid which draws not only on the essay and the monologue, but also on field reports, memoir, spoken word, cultural criticism, reportage and the tradition of the illustrated lecture. She has presented these performance essays in Indonesia and China as well as Australia. Blasted Island—Nauru’s backstory was part of the Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas (2014) and in 2015 Noëlle performed Dear Scott— her collected letters to the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs.

Noëlle has published in anthologies, literary journals and online magazines. Her chapbook-length poem Dorothy Lamour’s Life as a Phrasebook was published by Wayzgoose Press (Australia).

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Noëlle is represented by Cameron Creswell. Contact them at

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