Moya Costello






Moya Costello has four books – two of short creative prose (Kites in Jakarta, Sea Cruise Books and Small Ecstasies, UQP) and two short novels (The Office as a Boat, Brandl & Schlesinger and Harriet Chandler, Short Odds Publications) – and many pieces individually published in scholarly and literary journals, and anthologies. She has been awarded writing grants and fellowships by government departments and literary organisations. She has been a guest at many writers’ festivals, read her work at various venues, been as writer-in-residence at Monash University, and judged many literary competitions. She is an adjunct lecturer with the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, Southern Cross University.  See also an academic publication site; a general wine quaffing blog, and a local wine drinking blog

Brief CV


In the Media

Don Anderson, The National Times on Kites in Jakarta: 'In the dominant drab landscape of Australian realistic writing, these volumes come like a fresh breath of wind. A southerly buster.'

John Hanrahan, The Age

on Small Ecstasies: 'There is wit, irony and comedy in the writing, but also an assured seriousness and high intelligence.'

Katherine England,

The Advertiser

on The Office as a Boat: 'The writing is beautifully clear and visually precise.'

Nicholas Jose, Sydney Review of Books and The Australian Face: Essays from the Sydney Review of Books on Harriet Chandler: 'This bold, uncompromising author …. this brilliant, beautiful book.'

In Sydney Review of Books by Catriona Menzies-Pike: 'an incarnation of avant-garde and experimental writing'.


Shanghai Daily


In Rochford Street Review: by Anna Counai 

By Julienne van Loon in Text


Andrew Paul Wood, NZ Listener on 'Of Ants and Black Cockatoos' in Scorchers: 'Costello's prose is  richly poetic, unforced.'


On Twitter, academics, editors and writers  of my Overland review of Bail's He.: Emmett Stinson 'fantastic and fascinating piece'; Susan Lever, 'This is terrific. All your deep knowledge of Bail behind it.'; Jonathon Dunk: 'This essay is a striking study in/performance of the border between entanglement, intimacy and complicity in Australian literary history'. 

Longlisted for the Beir Bua Press Laurence Sterne Prize 2021 for 'pressed specimens': a collection of prose poems written with the pressed specimens in the Southern Cross Plant Science Herbarium. The collection is to be published by Beir Bua in February 2022, 


Events & News


  • Read at:

    April 17, 2020 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm AEST, via ZOOM. 

  • See also some recent past events

  • I have a statement on a Tony Tuckson Untitled for an exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery from its permanent collection, co-curated by the Friends committee. September 2020. 

  • My microlit text 'Rain in the Northern Rivers' (inspiring the film Hard Times) was a finalist in the Microflix Festival and Awards for writing. Spineless Wonders Short Australian Stories, the filmmakers: Animation – Caitlin Cao, Charmaine Kwok, Irina Vlachoulis, Jacob Taylor. Sound Design – Julian OliverOctober 2020.  

  • I read at Deloraine, in one of the Tasmanian heats for Australian Poetry Slam. August 2021. 

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