Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She writes fiction and non-fiction and is the co-editor of the anthology, Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia(Allen and Unwin, 2014). Demet’s writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Island magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories, The Age Epicureand The Big Issue. Her first novel, Orayt?, was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.
Demet is the recipient of an Australia Council Jump Mentoring Grant, an Artstart Grant, a Rosebank Residential Writing Fellowship, a Varuna Fellowship for a Writing Retreat and a Glenfern Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship. She is the Artist in Residence at Deer Park Art Spaces and has appeared as a panelist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities, and schools across Melbourne.