Michelle Balogh


Michelle Balogh is a freelance writer and illustrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from the University of New South Wales, and in 2014 she completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her work has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship, and highly commended in the University of New South Wales literary journal. Following graduation, she pursued a brief career in beauty and lifestyle writing, before discovering that the stories she wanted to tell were closer to home.

Her short work of memoir and imaginative biography, ‘Shan-Yi’, was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize in 2016. Since then, she has been developing the piece towards a novel, researching the life of her extraordinary step-great-grandmother Shan-Yi Balogh, a former Guinness world-record holder and the subject of the first residential bugging operation in Australia. Retitled “Jasmine and Sea Salt”, it will be published by Brio Books in 2019.

Michelle has enjoyed digging deep into her family history, as well exploring her own personal experiences of family, love, life, and growing up with mental illness.

For enquiries about Michelle Balogh 's publication, audio, film and TV rights please contact Jeanne Ryckmans: jeanne.ryckmans@cameronsmanagement.com.au