Other stuff

Mykaela Saunders
The River’s Children by SJ Norman. Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2019. Photo by Clare Rae.


Recipient. Varuna Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship, 2020 (upcoming, June)

Shortlist. Liminal Fiction Prize (inaugural), 2019

Recipient. Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellowship, 2019

Winner. Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition, creative non-fiction category, 2019

Shortlist. Peter Carey Short Story Award, 2019

Recipient. Sister Alison Bush Medal for Indigenous achievement, University of Sydney, 2016

Recipient. Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship, University of Sydney, 2012

Panels & talks

Public lecture. Writing & Concepts lecture series, Linden New Art, St Kilda, 2020 (upcoming, September)

Panel discussion. World-Building 101 with Catherine McKinnon and Mitchell Hogan, moderated by Keith Stevenson, Writing NSW Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney, 2019

Conference presentation. Goori-futurism, Science Fiction Research Association annual conference, Honolulu, 2019

Conference presentation. Koori-Futurism, Mana Yura Postgraduate Symposium, University of Sydney, 2018

Panel discussion. Decolonising Practice – responsibility reinvented (part 1) with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Anastasia Kanjere, SJ Norman, and Laurie Uprichard, moderated by Laniyuk Garcon-Mills, Melbourne, 2018

Judging panel. National Indigenous Human Rights Awards (inaugural), NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014

Television forum. Awaken Episode 22 Identity with Rosalie Kunoth Monks, Linda Burney, Mark McMillan, Jimblah, and Anthony Dillon, hosted by Stan Grant, SBS NITV, Sydney Opera House, 2014

Judging panel. Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014

Performance & collaboration

Performance. The River’s Children by SJ Norman, Temporal Proximities curated by Kelli Alred, Magdalen Laundries at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2019

Performance & consultation. Cicatrix 1 – that which is taken/that which remains by SJ Norman (world premiere), First Nations Dialogues, Performance Space, New York City, 2019

Performance. Rest Area by SJ Norman, LiveWorks Festival at Carriageworks, Performance Space, Sydney, 2018

Performance. Stone Tape Theory by SJ Norman, Festival of Live Art, Arts House, Melbourne, 2018

Critical interlocuter. Codex Ecstasis by SJ Norman, Arts House residency, Melbourne, 2018 (ongoing)

Teaching & support

Research. Best practise recovery programs addressing Aboriginal family and domestic violence, Wollumbin Family Support Inc, 2019-present

Course co-ordinator & lecturer. Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, July intensive, University of Sydney, 2017-present

Tutor. Various Indigenous Studies and Education units, Indigenous Tertiary Assistance Scheme, Southern Cross University, 2015-2019

Lecturer. Indigenous Philosophies and World-views, and Trans-generational Trauma, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, 2015

Casual academic. Introduction to Indigenous Studies, Issues in Indigenous Rights, and Indigenous Education, University of Sydney, 2012-2014

Casual teacher. Various inner-city secondary & primary schools, London, England, 2011

Rural area relief & casual teacher. Toomelah Primary School, Boggabilla Central School & Tweed River High School, 2009-2010

Disability support worker. On Track Community Programs, Tweed Heads, 2007-2009

Indigenous teacher’s aide & classroom support. Tweed River High School, 2003-2007


Doctor of Arts (creative writing). Goori-futurism: envisioning the sovereignty of Bundjalung country, community, and culture through speculative fiction, University of Sydney, 2017-2021

Master of Education (research). Yarning with Minjungbal Women: Testimonial narratives of transgenerational trauma and healing explored through relationships with country and culture, community and family, University of Sydney, 2012-2014

Bachelor of Education (secondary). Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, and Modern History, Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2008-2009

Diploma of Aboriginal Education. Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2006-2007

© Mykaela Saunders, 2020