Projects and speaking

Melanie Saward_Jill Kerswill


Upcoming appearances: 

I will be debating Forget Reading, You Should Watch More TV at QUT CreateX with Trent Dalton, Kris Olsson, Susan Johnson, Stephen M Irwin,  and Christopher Przewloka (and Kári Gislason as chair) on November 17 at 130pm. It’s free to attend but you must register for tickets by clicking here.

Past appearances: 

  • MC, QUT Sessional Academic Stars, October 2018
  • Guest reader, QUT Literary Salon: Submit, August 2018
  • Finalist (People’s Choice Winner/Overall Highly Commended), QUT Sessional Academic Stars, October 2017
  • Panelist,QUT Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit: Indigisearch, September 2017
  • Guest reader, QUT open day: Robert Stewart and the Biscuit Tin, July 2017
  • Guest reader, QUT Literary Salon: Bang the Pots and Pans, May 2017
  • Panelist, Contact 2016: Cosplay: why dressing up can be an undressing of the soul, March 2016
  • Panelist, Emerging Writers’ Festival (Sydney): The Pitch, 2012


  • Programming: Paperbark Indigenous Literary Festival, Murri-Ailan Way, QUT, October 2017 – present
  • Writer: Cherbourg Family History Project, October 2017 – May 2018
  • Producer/co-creator: Easter for Heathens
  • Marketing Manager/Committee Member: National Science Fiction Convention (NatCon), Contact 2016, 2014 – 2016
  • Brisbane Writers’ Festival volunteer,  2010
  • Byron Bay Writers’ Festival volunteer, 2010
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival volunteer, 2010

Photo of me and Archie by Jill Kerswill Photography