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Joanna Nell


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Joanna Nell is a Sydney-based author and GP. She writes character driven stories of self discovery for women in their prime. Her short stories have won a number of prestigious awards. As a writer, she draws inspiration from the stoic wit and wisdom of fun-loving seniors to create fictional characters who are young-at-heart and defy society's expectations of ageing.

A graduate of the Australian Writers' Centre, Joanna won an Emerging Writer's award from the Henry Lawson Society in 2014. Since then, her work has been in a number of magazines, journals and short story anthologies including Award Winning Australian Writing 2017. In 2016 she was awarded a writing residency at The Bundanon Trust, courtesy of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Joanna won the Valerie Parv award for an unpublished novel manuscript at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in 2017.

Thirty years in the medical profession have seen Jo in a variety of roles, from emergency physician to psychiatrist, cruise ship doctor to NRL club medic. Born in the UK, she moved to Australia in 2003 with her husband and family, and now works in a small general practice on the outskirts of Sydney. As the mother of two teenagers, she enjoys long walks on her own and talking to her dog.

Genres: General Fiction