About me

Jackie Bailey, PhD, M.Th, Cert IV Civil Celebrancy, PGDip Digital Media, BA (Hons I), University Medal


I am a writer, with a PhD in creative writing from the University of New South Wales. My auto-fiction novel was shortlisted for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award (you can read an excerpt here). I have written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Artshub, Screenhub, Artlink, Online Opinion, Arts Professional UK, Cultural Trends, Australian Journal of Human Rights, and have contributed to publications on storytelling, love, death and dying.

I am currently working on a non-fiction book with the working title Sublime: Living a Spiritual Life Without Religion, which sets out practical tools for how to lead a spiritual life without religion. From time to time I will include articles and excerpts and interesting research in my blog on this site.

I am an alumna of Varuna: The National Writers’ House, and have been published in various collections, including Love: Art, Music, Ideas, Politics; Global Storytelling; and SBS Diverse Writers Anthology (forthcoming).

For enquiries about my auto-fiction novel, please contact literary agent Sarah McKenzie.

I also regularly appear at festivals and conduct interviews for media and podcasts about the writing life, spirituality, death and dying in a secular society. Please use the contact form below if you would like to enquire about booking me for a speaking engagement.


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I have a piece in the upcoming anthology, “Roots,” published by Hardie Grant Books. “Roots” gathers the top 30 submissions from the 2021 SBS Emerging Writers Competition. I am very excited and lucky to be counted among them! Please consider buying the book and supporting writers of colour.

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