Rachel Hennessy


In 2006, Rachel Hennessy won the Adelaide Festival Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and, two years later, Wakefield Press published 'The Quakers'. The novel was described by John Birmingham as 'unputdownable'. Her second novel, 'The Heaven I Swallowed' was Runner Up in the Vogel Award, published by Wakefield Press in 2013 and subsequently longlisted for the Kibble Award for an established female Australian writer. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies 'Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty', 'Emerge: New Australian Writing', 'On Edge' and 'The Body'. In 2012 she was a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre, writing a non-fiction essay on miscarriage, which was subsequently longlisted for the inaugural 'The Lifted Brow' Experimental Non-fiction Award in 2015. Other non-fiction works have been published in 'Overland', 'Kill Your Darlings', 'The Lifted Brow' and 'Daily Life'. She is tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and has been a peer assessor on the Literature panel at the Australia Council and Creative Victoria.

Specialises in:

  • Adult fiction
  • Short story
  • Creative non-fiction
Rachel Hennessy