Jo Riccioni first visited Varuna after being offered a place on the inaugural Short Story Masterclass in 2010. She conspired to get back as soon as possible and scored a Fellowship Retreat in 2011 to work on her debut novel there. The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, was signed by Scribe while Jo was a student at the first Sydney Faber Academy, tutored by James Bradley and Kathryn Heyman. Her short stories have also been published in The Age, Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2011, and in anthologies in the US and UK. Her story, Can’t Take the Country Out of the Boy, has been optioned for a short film. She can be contacted at her website or via her Facebook page.