My name is Angelina Mirabito and I was recently awarded a PhD in Creative Writing on trauma fiction. Alongside this I have written a novel, ‘Warrior’ and a short story collection, ‘Without Wonderland.’ Several of these short stories have been published as has some of my non-fiction and poetry. I have received an Eleanor Dark Varuna Writing Fellowship and Rosebank Writing Residency and have had work shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Award and other prizes. Over the years I have been mentored by Marion May Campbell, Tony Birch, Christos Tsiolkas and Sophie Cunningham. Currently I’m working on ‘Warrior’ with Nadine Davidoff, former senior editor at Random House Australia, commissioning editor at Black Inc and fiction editor for The Monthly magazine.
My PhD research question was: What do reading and writing a coming-of-age, childhood trauma survivor’s story illuminate about post-traumatic growth? From this investigation I found that fiction writing offers a powerfully transformative experience and that under adequate guidance it can provide a safe way to process and overcome traumatic childhood events and to learn how to effectively engage in adult life. Ideally it would take place with a specialised writing mentor or fiction writing group facilitator and in conjunction with therapy. I am in the process of collaborating with mental health professionals to design therapeutic fiction writing courses to run alongside therapy but for now offer working one on one with survivor’s already seeing a mental health professional.
I have a background in visual art; lifelong fascination with psychology and psychoanalysis; passion for health, fitness, well being, holistic healing; love of film, theater and classical music. I am currently writing my second novel ‘Hope‘.
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