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Moya Costello



Kites in Jakarta 
(complimentary download)
Small Ecstasies
(complimentary download)
pressed specimens:
Prose Poems from the Medicinal Plant Herbarium, Southern Cross University

Moya Costello has five books – two of short creative prose (Kites in Jakarta, Sea Cruise Books and Small Ecstasies, UQP), two short novels (The Office as a Boat, Brandl & Schlesinger and Harriet Chandler, Short Odds Publications), one collection of prose poems (pressed specimens, Beir Bua Press) – 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.'

On Twitter, from Akin Akinwumi: 'Currently reading this wondrous novella [The Office as a Boat] by Australian avant-garde writer @moya_costello. It's so striking at the sentence level and recalls Joy Williams and Kathryn Davis in the way it treads the line between realism and the surreal.'

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'.


In Shanghai Daily


In Rochford Street Review by Anna Counai 

In Text by Julienne van Loon 


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'. 

First review of pressed specimens 2022, in Buzz by Mab Jones. 

In a Facebook/Meta discussion from poet Mark Roberts on pressed specimens: 'a brilliant book'

In The Press
News and Events

Events & News 2022-2023









  • Read at Deloraine, British Hotel, at a regular monthly reading in Feb and March. 

  • Also read at Devonport Playhouse in an open mic

  • A guest reader at Seasonal Poets, a curated reading, in Hobart Feb. 






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