Yvonne Fein in 300 Words


Contact Yvonne at fradl[at]ozemail[dot]com[dot]au

Yvonne Fein is a performed and published playwright, novelist, editor and lecturer.

Her short stories, essays, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in anthologies, journals, and newspapers locally (including The AGe, The AUstralian, and Meanjin Online), in the US and the UK.

Her novel, April Fool was published by Hodder Headlines in 2001 and shortlisted that same year for the Ned Kelly Awards in the “Best First Crime Novel” category. In 2008, her second novel, The Torn Messiah, was published byHybrid Publishers and she also completed her Masters degree in History with High Distinction at Monash University. Her short stories, essays, book reviews and interviews have appeared in anthologies, journals and newspapers, (including The Age, The Australian, Meanjin online) and in the U.S. and the U.K.

Highly commended in the U.S. Tom Howard Prose Contests of 2006 and 2007,and a finalist in the 2015 competition she was an also on-line columnist for the Australian Jewish News between 2006 and 2008. Her one-act plays were performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at Sunday readings and her full-length drama, On Edge, for a season at the Universal Theatre in Melbourne and at the Jewish Arts Festival.

She has also had a research piece, ‘From Sacred Scroll to Stage and Page,’ published in the peer reviewed, Journal of Religion and Theatre.

Commissioned by The Jewish Museum of Australia and the National Council of Jewish Women, her play, Smash the Glass – A Celebration of Women, starring Evelyn Krape, performed to a sell-out audience in February 2003 and was invited to the Magdalena Festival in Brisbane in April, 2003.

She has edited The Melbourne Chronicle (co-editor, Arnold Zable) and Generation journal, as well as award-winning Holocaust memoirs by survivors. She has been a writer-in-residence at a number of Melbourne schools (including MacRobertson Girls’ High School and Mount Scopus Memorial College) and lectured extensively on literature and writing in the wider Australian community. She currently conducts creative writing workshops for people suffering mental illness and teaches adult education in the Florence Melton program.

An interview about The Torn Messiah:

Contact Yvonne at fradl[at]ozemail[dot]com[dot]au


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