As Roop Sandhu decided to post his first piece to TA before I woke up this morning, and Wendy James left hers until after I’d left for work, it’s only now that I’ve found time to post their respective biographical sketches (after prioritising appropriately and watching The All Blacks’ comprehensive but strangely unimpressive World Cup win over Canada).
Wendy James provides the following biograpgical details (sans photo):
My background is in fiction writing and teaching. I have a BA (Aus lit & Eng) from Syd, MA(writing) from UTS, and am currently writing a novel (historical, set in fin-de-siecle Melbourne) as a component of a PhD at Deakin. I’ve had a reasonable number of my stories published – in anthologies and journals (like Meanjin, Southerly, Westerly, Voices – should be available on-line through your library), and won several short story comps. I teach creative writing at the local writers centre (Armidale NSW), and do some casual tutoring and marking in the English department at UNE. Have done plenty of literary ‘slaveying’ – manuscript assessments for the Aust. Book Council, slush pile sorting for publishing companies (I’m responsible for several short-sighted rejections, actually). Last year and this, I’m on the judging panel (junior fiction) of the Australian Science Fiction – ‘Aurealis’ – awards. I’m 36, have four kids (from 1 to 14) a husband and a dog.
Roop Sandhu sends this short, self-deprecating self-portrait:
Re my bio, there’s not a lot to say for this 23 year old law
student / pharmacist’s assistant. I worked in advertising part-time, hated
it, quit via email, and went back to uni to study law, which I’ve almost
finished [three weeks of classes to go]. Oh, and once I saw a blimp. I’ve
been applying for law jobs, and have suddenly realised that my life
achievements aren’t really very impressive, which would probably explain
the lack of job offers, creative CV notwithstanding.