Adrienne Sallay attended North Sydney Girls’ High School, and Sydney (Bachelor of Science, Dip Ed.), University of Technology (as Tech College: Librarianship), Charles Sturt (Master of Ed.) and Macquarie (PhD) Universities. She has completed a doctorate in English, is married with two grown-up sons and lives at Roseville. Over the last 10 years she has received numerous community and university awards for her fiction. She has worked as a high school teacher, as a primary, secondary and tertiary librarian and as a lecturer at Macquarie University. She is currently working as a facilitator with community reading & writing groups and as a novelist in her spare time.
Currently Working On:
Loaded Hearts (2008) is Adrienne’s first completed novel. Spanning four continents, three decades and two generations, it delves into family secrets, the counter culture, identity, place and belonging. White Wedding, her second novel, is a domestic drama examining blissful wedding preparations and their aftermath. Adrienne is also developing a collection of short stories, The Change Room, written into a discontinuous narrative and weaving together the tales of six women who attend aquarobics at the local pool each morning.
Recent Publications and Prizes:
“Napalm.” First prize, Manly-Peninsular FAW short story competition, September 2008.
“Recovery.” Commended, Manly-Peninsular FAW short story competition, September 2008.
“Haircut in Three Parts.” Hair. Boccalatte, Suzanne and Meredith Jones, eds. Trunk Series. Boccalatte, Surry Hills, NSW, 2008
“Virgin Sock-Washers and Tweed Jackets.” Adelaide, Debra and David Brooks, eds. Southerly 68 2 (2008): 181- 94.
“Triage.” Confessions and Memoirs. Best Stories Under the Sun, eds David Myers and Michael Wilding. Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 2006. 64-72.
“Moroccan Bathhouse.” Emerge: New Australian Writing. Eds Phillip Edmonds and Dominique Wilson. Rundle Mall, S.A.: Wet Ink Magazine, 2006. 111-119.
“Redemption.” MUPRA 2005 Survival Guide. Macquarie University Postgraduate Representative Association, 2005. 15-17.
“Lemon Year.” Yellow Moon. 9, 2001. V 9, Oct. 2001: 4-5.
“A Writer’s Guide to Venice.” NewsWrite. Dec. 2000. Rozelle: NSW Writers’ Centre.
PhD, Creative Writing, 2008 Macquarie University
Master of Education with Distinction, 1993
Graduate Diploma of Education, 1991
Librarianship Certificate 1972, Sydney Technical College
Teachers’ Certificate 1965, Sydney Teachers’ College
Bachelor of Science, Sydney University, 1964.