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Diana Jenkins

Diana is the delighted recipient of a 2016 Varuna PIP Fellowship for her YA manuscript. She is a freelance journalist and has produced monthly features for Varuna’s alumni newsletters for many years. She presented 5x15 at Sydney Theatre at the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with speakers including internationally best-selling authors Kate Mosseand Emma Donoghue; Australian stage and screen star Richard Roxburgh and the ACO’s Lead Violin and Artistic Director Richard Tognetti.

Diana fell in love with all things Varuna at a 2008 Professional Development Residency with long-time Creative Director Peter Bishop. She had to be dragged out the door on the final day and very nearly cried. Her articles have appeared in The AustralianThe Weekend AustralianThe Australian MagazineThe Sydney Morning HeraldThe Sunday TelegraphWHOOUTthere, Is/Not and others and she holds a research PhD in English from UNSW. Her two sons were residents at Varuna in utero – born booklovers, both!