Anna Maria Dell’oso

Andrew Daddo

Anna Maria Dell’oso is a well-known Australian writer, journalist and critic. Her acclaimed book Songs of the Suitcase(HarperCollins) won the Steele Rudd Award. Anna’s fiction has been published in many anthologies and reviews includingMeanjin and the Griffith Review. Anna’s first book was Cats, Cradles & Chamomile Tea, a collection from her popular column in the SMH’s Good Weekend. In the 80s Anna studied playwriting at NIDA with Paul Thompson and went on to work as a librettist to several Australian composers.

Anna currently divides her time between teaching and writing fiction. Anna has recently been awarded a Breaking New Ground Grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council.

Anna has lectured in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and run writing workshops in schools and libraries throughout New South Wales, Anna’s style of teaching is to work with many different visual resources which she can adapt to inspire students of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds and interests. For example, Anna recently devised and taught a six week writing course for Carers NSW in a unique national project to provide carers with writing and publishing opportunities.

Anna is currently presenting creative writing classes for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education and also for the Refugee Language Program at Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Anna has also founded Triple-I (Ideas In Ink), a writing group and social network for young women in the inner-west of Sydney. Triple-I is based on a shared love of coffee, bagels, writing and reading.