Felicity Volk

Felicity Volk is the award-winning author of Lightning, a novel published by Picador Australia in 2013. Her second novel, Desire Lines, will be published by Hachette in March 2020.

The daughter of two English teachers, both poets, Felicity considers that the quote, “In the beginning was the word”, would be an apt start to her own story. The written word and the spoken – her father reading each evening from Tolkien, Kenneth Grahame, the Bible – gave her childhood its rhythm and its poetry.

Felicity studied English literature at the University of Queensland, and wrote short stories and poetry around her academic pursuits – an arts/law degree – winning the university’s Ford Memorial Medal for her poetry. She set off to Canberra on graduation to work for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After diplomatic postings in Bangladesh and Laos, and following the birth of her two daughters, she began writing for publication. She has been grateful for support from the Australia Council, artsACT (the ACT Government’s arts fund) and the Eleanor Dark Foundation (Varuna, the Writers’ House) to work on Desire Lines, Lightning, which won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Barbara Ramsden Award in 2014, and a collection of short stories (several of which have been published and awarded).

Felicity lives in Canberra, dividing her time between the world of foreign policy, writing, painting murals, tending the family menagerie and a forbearing garden and the gentle contemplations offered by a soothing pot of tea.

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