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Associate Professor, Creative Practices Group, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Debra Adelaide is the author or editor of 12 books, including novels, nonfiction, and reference works. She joined the permanent Writing staff of UTS in 2003 after many years as a freelance writer, researcher, editor, book reviewer, and as a casual teacher.

Her first novel is The Hotel Albatross, published in 1995 and republished in 2009. Her other books include edited collections, such as A Bright and Fiery Troop (on Australian women writers, published by Penguin, 1988); the popular Motherlove series (published by Random House, 1996, 1997, 1998); and Acts of Dog (Random House, 2003). Her latest publication is a novel, The Household Guide to Dying, which was published to critical acclaim in Australia in 2008 and has since been published in many other countries including the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, China and Brazil.

She has been a judge of a number of literary awards including the Vogel/Australian award for younger writers, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Nita B. Kibble Awards for women writers, and the Patrick White Award.

She is currently working on another novel, a collection of essays, and a series of shorter fiction pieces.


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    Associate professor, University of Technology, Sydney