Portrait of Kristel Thornell

Kristel Thornell

Kristel Thornell won the 2009 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her first novel, Night Street.

Born in 1975, Kristel Thornell grew up in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She studied French and Italian at the University of Sydney and spent a year in Italy, researching the author Giorgio Bassani and then teaching English as a foreign language. She has lived in North America for much of the last ten years, in Mexico, the United States and Canada, where she completed an MA in English at the University of New Brunswick.

She has also taught Italian language and literature, French and Spanish, and has published reviews, poetry and fiction in a range of journals, including Meanjin, Overland, Southerly and Island. For the last two and half years, she has been working on a PhD in Creative Writing, supervised by Nicholas Jose, first through the University of Adelaide and now with the University of Western Sydney. Kristel is currently living in Helsinki, Finland and the USA. Her first novel, Night Street, was the co-winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 2009.