writer & editor
Writer & Editor
"Eloquent yet accessible, Patel’s writing beautifully conveys the complexities of culture, as well as the pitfalls of seemingly progressive politics."
"Released as Australia’s racist subconscious has been rearing its hydra head, No Country Woman’s observations on the migrant child’s split subjectivity feels particularly pertinent."
- The Saturday Paper
"The book's strength is its intelligent and rigorously self-aware account of the never-complete process of coming to terms with a rich, often uncomfortable identity."
- The Sydney Morning Herald
"Powerful and heartfelt, Zoya Patel has crafted a debut that issues a challenge to us all: to see each other as more than the sum of parts."
- The AU Review
"A timely debut that explores multiculturalism, friendship, representation and more that is at once full of wisdom and insight."
A bit about me
I am a writer, editor and communications professional, based in Canberra. My debut book, No Country Woman, a collection of memoir essays on race, identity and the diaspora is out now through Hachette Australia. My novel, Once A Stranger is expected April 2022, also published by Hachette Australia.
I am the Chair of the 2020 Stella Prize judging panel, and am also on the board of the ACT Writers Centre.
In 2015, I was named ACT Young Woman of the Year for my commitment to raising the profile of women’s voices in the media.
I have worked with numerous arts and literary organisations, including Seizure, You Are Here festival, the National Young Writers’ Festival and rip publishing, amongst others. I have worked in marketing and communications for five years, primarily in the not-for-profit and arts sectors. I have held senior and management roles since 2015.
I have been lucky to be the recipient of several awards. In 2014, I was the recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, as well as an Edna Ryan Award for making a feminist difference in the media. I was also Highly Commended in the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers in 2015. Most recently, I was awarded a 2016 Canberra Critics Circle award in the category of 'Writing', for creating a platform for women writers through Feminartsy.
I have been active in community advocacy for many years, and was a member of the former Australian Social Inclusion Board.
For more details of my experience, awards received and qualifications, have a look at my resume.
You can connect with me by sending me an email through the form below, or on Twitter @zoyajpatel. You can also find out more about my work with Lip Magazine in The Canberra Times, about Feminartsy in Junkee, and about my writing and advocacy work through HerCanberra.
Please note I am not currently available for interviews as part of school/university assessments. But you're very welcome to quote directly from No Country Woman!
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