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.
In the Press
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.'
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'.
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.'
News & Events
Review essay of Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters, published in Sydney Review of Books, April 2020.
Spineless Wonders publishing featured 'Rain in the Northern Rivers', a prose poem, read here by Eleni Schumacher and composer Victoria Pham provides the soundtrack, May 2020.
Review of Helen Garner's Yellow Notebook in TEXT, May 2020.
A prose poem in The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry from Melbourne University Publishing, September 2020
Short fiction in Eunoia Press: Scorchers: A Climate Fiction Anthology, September 2020.
Three microflix texts selected for filmmakers to choose from for the Microflix Film Festival: 'Northern Rivers', 'The Family Regiment', and 'Roadkill', September 2020. 'Northern Rivers' is in the longlist for Microflix October 2020.
Review of Susan Lever's book Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history in Australian book Review, October 2020.
Finalist, with 'Splitting Hairs', in the 2021 joanne burns Microlit Award (Spineless Wonders) and to in the 2021 anthology Pulped Fiction.
Review of Murray Bail's He. in Overland 2021.
Review of Helen Garner's 2nd diary volume in TEXT at p54:
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 Oliver. October 2020.