Words

a Portfolio and Blog

Writing Awards

  • Third place, Ballina Region for Refugees Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize (2021)
  • Four Centres’ Emerging Writers Program, WAPI (2021-2023)
  • Emerging Writer Development Program, Westerly (2021)
  • To The Front Playwright Program, Static Drive and Blue Room Theatre (2021)
  • Inclusion Matters Fellowship, Centre for Stories (2019-2020)

Publications

Forthcoming:

  • “How do they rest”, Ballina Region for Refugees Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize poetry feature, Social Alternatives Journal (2021)
  • “Fractals of Domestic Violence”, Westerly (2021) 
  • Reflections as a Westerly Writing Development Program Fellow (2021)
  • Literary reviews, Fremantle Press (2021)
  • Literary reviews, University of Queensland Press (2021)
  • Live art and cultural events reviews, ArtsHub (2021)
  • Critical essay: “Racism: Stories on fear, hate and bigotry”. (2021) Mascara Literary Review.
  • Untitled, Archer, (2021)
  • “Women and neoliberal economic development” – Voices from the Darker Side of Development [academic] (2021)
  • “Revisiting the harm and consequence of development” – Voices from the Darker Side of Development [academic] (TBA)

Appearances

Upcoming

  • Keynote panel – LGBTQ+ and Literacy, TBA

 

Past

Electronic / Print:

Writing Community

  • Flora’s Salon
    • Co-host and facilitator
    • TIME: 5:30-6:45pm
    • WHEN: Every third Wednesday of the month
    • WHERE: The Nook, Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
  • Sunday Writing at WA State Library 2020
    • Guest host and facilitator
  • SFF (Science fiction, fantasy, spec fic) Collective 2020
    • Guest co-faciltator
  • Playwright collective
  • Reviews
    • Fremantle Press
    • UQP
    • Emerging authors, particularly disabled and/or LGBTIQA+
    • Arts and cultural events/experiences
  • Sensitivity reading
    • disability and chronic illness, queer, human rights
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Creating in the age of a global pandemic

Many of my typical avenues for paid work have greatly diminished due to evolving and dynamic chronic illnesses and disabilities. This has been exacerbated by the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you find any of my creations, whether visual arts, performance, or the written word, to be valuable or helpful, please consider making a donation.

Please also consider sharing my articles, posts, and creative work (with attribution) because spreading the word is also a great way to support my work. 

Thank you for your time in exploring my work.

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Commissioning Content

Do you need a speech or presentation prepared on your behalf? Do you need it to be compelling, yet evidence-based? Do you want it to be thoughtful and inclusive?

Do you need writing developed for your website or marketing materials? Do you need people to engage with your mission and cause? Do you want to build a sense of community and drive? Do you want people to understand and feel passionate about what your organisation or project is trying to do?

Adele specialises in not-for-profit organisational development, community engagement, team facilitation for diversity, and human rights oriented work.

Podcast to be launched SOON

Explore the journeys of Wonder Women from around Australia sharing their reflections on their core values and exercising vulnerability. Gain insights while you join us in challenging the definitions of success, and celebrate what it means to be a woman.

Major Works In Progress

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I am currently researching and developing two major non-fiction works:

  • A collection of women’s stories, exploring their defining moments, challenging the definition of success, and celebrating the ways in which they have and continue to leave a mark on those around them. Women (including trans and femmes), GNC, NB, iand intersex people continue to hold up half the sky but their stories do not fill half our shelves or half the pages we read. Excerpts from interviews and conversations will be featured in the podcast.
  • A challenge of the paradigm we utilise to respond to (and seek to prevent and reduce) family, domestic, and gendered violence in Australia and the ways in which it fails to appropriately encompass cultural safety and intersectional risks, needs, and experiences of First Nations’ and Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, LGBTIQA+ people, people with disability and people whose experiences are moderated by remoteness/rurality/visa status. 

I am developing a collection of short stories inspired by fairy-tale and mythology to explore dark themes and the edges of our potential for different ways forward. 

My poetry plays with form, imagery, and lyricism to explore and challenge definitions, identity, and existence. 

My visual art practice incorporates the underlying philosophy of wabisabi and melding of traditional and contemporary methods, recognising that we all straddle multiple ways and worlds, not just those of us consigned to the obvious membership of cultural diaspora. I challenge the idea that cracks, fragility, visibility of broken history are synonymous with lesser beauty or value. Much like trauma, mistakes and difficult experiences, these form our valuable and idiosyncratic stories and inform our present and future potential.