Meg McKinlay

Meg came to Varuna in 2003 for a Residential Masterclass and every year since has made 'absolutely definitely this year without fail' plans to return. While life conspires to keep her away, she makes do with a photograph on her desk of Varuna's delightful admonition, 'Please Do Not Disturb the Writers'. It was at Varuna that she first began to believe that 'writers' was a group that might legitimately include her. She is a Fremantle-based poet and children's writer. Her children's writing ranges from picture books through to novels for upper primary and her debut poetry collection, Cleanskin, came out in 2007. In 2010, she was awarded an Asialink Literature Residency to Japan to work on a novel for adults.