Biography

jason nahrung by kirstyn mcdermott

Pic by Kirstyn McDermott


I grew up on a Queensland cattle property and have worked as a newspaper journalist since 1989. When at Brisbane’s Courier-Mail I wrote about and reviewed books, music and live entertainment, and still occasionally review books for the Herald Sun.

I now live in Ballarat, Australia, with my wife, and fellow writer, Kirstyn McDermott.

In 2011-15, I was the editor for Queensland Writers Centre’s magazine Writing Queensland, and also provide freelance editing, proofing and manuscript appraisal services.

I’ve written four novels (the first expanded from a novella written with my then girlfriend Mil Clayton; it has also sold to Germany) and more than 20 short stories. Please see the bibliography page for my publishing history.

Academic qualifications

  • In 2019, I was conferred with a PhD (research) in creative writing, centred on climate change fiction, from The University of Queensland.
  • In 2008, I was conferred with a Master of Arts (research) in creative writing, with a focus on Australian vampire Gothic, from the Queensland University of Technology.
  • I graduated from what is now Central Queensland University in Rockhampton with a BA with distinction in 1989.

Community involvement

  • My wife and I founded Words Out Loud, a monthly spoken word event in Ballarat, in 2016, and continue to run it.
  • I’ve served on the committee of Ballarat Writers as communications officer, and helped establish the weekly Write Club that still runs.
  • I was director of the Aurealis Awards in 2004 and have served on various judging panels as convenor and member.
  • I maintain memberships with the Australian Society of Authors, Queensland Writers Centre, Writers Victoria, Ballarat Writers and the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.

Workshops, panels and presentations

  • I have run workshops on aspects of writing for Logan libraries and Bundaberg’s WriteFest, been a guest at events including literary festivals including the Brisbane WF, Melbourne WF, Newcastle WF and Emerging WF, and been a panellist at many genre conventions, including the World Science Fiction Convention, World Fantasy Convention, Continuum, Conflux and Conjure.
  • I’ve also presented at academic conferences in Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Auckland.

Audio appearances
I’ve been a guest on radio in Brisbane, Melbourne and Ballarat, and on podcasts. Here’s a sample:

Fiction Awards

 
2019

  • Slither (CDDU vol2): finalist in Aurealis Awards for best horror short story; finalist in the Australian Shadows award for best horror short story.

2016

  • Dust Eaters (unpublished), 2nd place in the Creative Writing Showcase 2016, WiP Conference, University of Queensland
  • The Big Smoke: finalist in Australian Shadows award for best horror novel

2013

  • Salvage: Chronos award for best novel; finalist in Ditmar awards for best novel; finalist in Aurealis Awards for best horror novel
  • Blood and Dust: finalist in Aurealis Awards for best horror novel; finalist in Australian Shadows award for best horror novel
  • Mornington Ride (Epilogue): Chronos award for best short story; finalist for WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction

Other Awards

  • My critical papers were placegetters in the 2016 AAWP Postgraduate Prize for a Theoretical/Critical Paper and The Dr John McCulloch Memorial Prize 2016 at the Work in Progress Conference, UQ St Lucia, 2016
  • My 2004 article in the Courier-Mail, ‘Why are publishers afraid of horror?’, won the William Atheling Jnr Award for Criticism or Review

Contact me

  • You can email me at: jnahrung AT gmail DOT com
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