Daughter of two English teachers, both poets, Felicity Volk considers that the quote, “In the beginning was the word”, would be an apt start to her own story. The printed word and the spoken – her father’s mellifluous voice reading each evening from Tolkien, Kenneth Grahame, the Bible – gave Felicity’s young world its rhythm and its poetry.
Felicity studied English literature at the University of Queensland, and wrote short stories and award-winning poetry around her academic pursuits – an arts/law degree. She set off to Canberra on graduation to work for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), swapping the pleasure of crafting words for herself, for the purse of crafting words for others.
An insistent voice called her back to her own blank page after diplomatic postings in Bangladesh and Laos, and following the birth of her two daughters. With support from the Eleanor Dark Foundation (Varuna, the Writers’ House) in the form of two residential fellowships and a grant from artsACT (the ACT Government), Felicity wrote a series of short stories – several of which have been published and won awards – and her first novel, Lightning, published by Picador Australia in July 2013.
Felicity is currently working as adviser to Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls in DFAT and is writing her second novel. She lives in Canberra with her two daughters.