Noëlle Janaczewska

Noëlle Janaczewska is a playwright, poet and essayist. Much of her work deals with history’s gaps and silences, focusing on people, plants, creatures and events which have been overlooked or marginalised in official records. Noëlle’s work has been produced, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas, and in 2014 she received a prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University for her body of work as a dramatist. Closer to home her plays have won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe), the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition and the Griffin Playwriting Award (Songket). The recipient of 7 AWGIE Awards (3 for radio nonfiction works and 4 for drama) and a University of Queensland Creative Fellowship (2012/2013), recent productions include: Good With Maps (Siren Theatre Company, Sydney 2016), Teacup in a Storm (The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney 2016), The History of the Single Girl and The Other Polish Explorer for ABC Radio National in 2015, and the performance essays Blasted Island - Nauru’s backstory for the Sydney Opera House 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas and The Hannah First Collection, 1919-1949 for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Noëlle is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.