Noëlle Janaczewska


Noëlle Janaczewska is a multi-award winning Sydney-based writer whose plays, radio scripts, libretti, fiction and essays have been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably Yale University’s Windham Campbell Prize in 2014, which recognised her body of dramatic writing.

In Australia, her plays have won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe), the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition and the Griffin Award (Songket). Her radio plays have received 8 AWGIE Awards, most recently for the nonfiction features Seoul City Sue (2018) and My Life in Cookbooks (2014) and the drama Random Red (2012). Seoul City Sue has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Betty Roland Prize for Screenwriting at the NSW Premier’s Awards.

She has also just completed the Rome: City and Empire Kids and Family Audio Tour for the National Museum of Australia.

Her most recent play Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue premiered at The Joan as part of the Penrith Performing and Visual Arts 2018 season. The Play was the winner of the AWGIE Award for Community and Youth Theatre.

Other works include Good With Maps (Siren Theatre Company/KXT, Sydney, 2016), Teacup in a Storm (The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, 2016), The History of the Single Girl and The Other Polish Explorer (both for ABC Radio National, 2015), Playing Awkward (Currency Press: ‘Cue the Chorus’, 2014), and Third Person (Union House Theatre, Melbourne, 2013).

Noëlle's most recent book, The Book of Thistles, was published by University of Western Australia Publishing in October 2017.

She’s a graduate of Oxford and London Universities, with a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland.

For enquiries regarding Noëlle Janaczewska please contact us via email or on (02) 9319 7199.