Maree Giles is an award-winning Australian author, editor, poet, journalist, creative writing teacher and mentor, and the mother of two grown-up children. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Kingston University London, 2009 – 2010, and a dissertation supervisor on their Creative Writing MFA. Maree launched her career as a fiction writer after winning first prize in the prestigious SHE/ARVON/Little,Brown short story competition, and was a runner-up in the Ian St James Awards.
Maree has more than thirty years experience working with words and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Injustice, family relationships and parenting, friendship, politics, the arts, people and places, all motivate her to write and to teach others about the craft and joys of writing. Her novels are published by Virago Press, London, and Hachette Australia.
Maree moved to the UK in 1980. She has taught creative writing at some of Australia’s top Writing Centres, such as Varuna, the Writer’s House in Katoomba; the Australian Writer’s Centre, and the NSW Writers’ Centre, and has been a guest speaker at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. She has given talks and readings at many events and on national radio in both countries. She has written for the Evening Star New Zealand, Parents’ magazine London, Woman’s Day magazine Australia, and was a television news writer at Visnews (Reuters) London, a senior writer at the Bucks Free Press Buckinghamshire and has written for the Overland Literary Journal.
In between her writing career she worked with underprivileged outback children for the Far West Children’s Health Scheme in Australia. While studying marine biology at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, she was a research assistant at the Portobello Marine Laboratory, Dunedin. There were other jobs: waitress, trainee psychiatric nurse, receptionist at a Sydney vet’s practice, art teacher at a school for emotionally disturbed children in Cumbria. All these experiences enriched her world view and continue to inform her writing.
Maree is working on her fourth novel, set in Sydney and Paris, against a backdrop of post second world war exuberance and poverty, when Christian Dior’s extravagant New Look silhouette burst onto catwalks and created an international outcry. With the help of the Australian fashion industry, Paris couturiers like Dior and Balmain were soon back on their feet after the deprivations of the Occupation.
The author now lives in south-west France. Follow her BLOG for news and stories about her travels, her writing and her new life in France.
- “To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher (1844 – 1900)