Portrait of Demet Divaroren

Demet Divaroren

Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She writes fiction and non-fiction and her writing has appeared in Island magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories, the Age Epicure, The Big Issue, and was commended in the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2013.

Her first novel, Orayt?, was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Demet is the recipient of an Australia Council Artstart Grant, a Rosebank Residential Writing Fellowship, a Varuna Fellowship for a Writing Retreat and a Glenfern Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship.

She is the Artist in Residence at Deer Park Art Spaces and has appeared as a panellist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities, and schools across Melbourne. Demet is currently writing her memoir, aided by an Australia Council Jump Mentoring Grant.