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 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 her plays and audio scripts have won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition, the Griffin Award and nine AWGIE Awards. Recent productions include: Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue (The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, 2018); Seoul City Sue (ABC Radio National, 2018); the Children’s Audio Tour for the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum’s Rome: City and Empire exhibition and the publication of Good With Maps and Teacup in a Storm in a two-play edition (Currency Press, 2018). 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 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
Find out more about Noëlle’s writing at www.noelle-janaczewska.com