Bio

amy-barker-authorBorn in 1978, Amy Barker had a nomadic childhood, spending her formative years on Queensland’s Gold Coast and also Tasman Peninsula, where her paternal family are seventh generation Tasmanians.

The recipient of a prestigious T.J. Ryan Memorial Scholarship, Amy attended the University of Queensland to study Arts/Law. After obtaining her degree in English Literature she abandoned law a year from graduation in order to pursue her writing.

In 2004, Amy graduated with distinction from a Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology and had her first feature film screenplay commissioned and optioned by Cloud9. In 2005, she won a Varuna Award for Manuscript Development for her work in progress, Omega Park.

To support her fiction writing, Amy worked part-time in law research and led the Remix My Lit project within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. She was editor of the resulting University of Sydney Press publication Through the Clock’s Workings, the world’s first remixed and remixable short story anthology.

In 2008, Amy was awarded a place at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland, one of the best artist residency programmes in the world. The same year she won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author for her debut novel Omega Park, which was published by University of Queensland Press in August 2009. Omega Park was shortlisted for the 2010 FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) Christina Stead Award for fiction and Winner of the 2012 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ena Noël Award.

Amy’s second novel Paradise Earth is set on Tasman Peninsula and was inspired by the Port Arthur massacre. The work in progress won the 2013 DJ ‘Dinny’ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship and Amy undertook a six month residency at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, where she mentored undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing students. In 2015, Amy spent three months writing in a cell in Old Melbourne Gaol as part of the Cells for Writers program, a joint initiative of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and Writers Victoria. Paradise Earth is to be published by Stormbird Press in early 2020.

Amy lives in Melbourne and is working on her next novel.




About

Amy Barker’s debut novel Omega Park was Winner of the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, shortlisted for the 2010 FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) Christina Stead Award, and Winner of the 2012 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ena Noël Award.
As a work in progress, her new novel Paradise Earth won the 2013 DJ ‘Dinny’ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. Paradise Earth is to be published by Stormbird Press in early 2020.