Lisa Kenway is an Australian writer and anaesthetist. Her debut psychological thriller, All You Took From Me, will be published in August 2024 by Transit Lounge Publishing. All You Took From Me was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize and was runner-up in the 2022 CYA Conference competition for adult work. Her current work in progress, East Coast Low, was longlisted for the 2021 Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize and was Highly Commended in the 2022 Writing NSW Varuna fellowships. She has been awarded a 2023 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre fellowship to further develop this work.
Her short fiction and creative non-fiction pieces have appeared in journals and anthologies including Island Online, the Meanjin blog, the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Meniscus Literary Journal, Brilliant Flash Fiction and X-RAY Literary Journal, and her poetry was published in Grieve Volume 10 (Hunter Writers’ Centre, 2022).
Her microfiction was selected for consideration in the 2020 Microflix Writers Award, run by Spineless Wonders. She was also Highly Commended in the 2018 Peter Cowan 600-word story competition, and was a finalist in the Hunter Writers’ Centre Grieve competition in 2017. Her first full-length novel manuscript, ‘The Jacaranda Tree’, was long-listed for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship in 2017.
Lisa was also thrilled to have an eight-word story displayed on billboards across Southern Queensland in November 2017 as part of their 8-Word Story Competition.
She lives on the Central Coast of NSW with her husband and two sons. Lisa works part-time as an anaesthetist. She is an active member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, two organisations which unfortunately share the same acronym, resulting in a confusing inbox.
She has a passion for books, loves food in an obsessive, food-snob sort of way and has a cookbook collection which rivals the one in the MasterChef mansion.
Follow Lisa on Instagram @lisakenway or on Twitter @LisaKenway