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Peta Murray

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Peta Murray is a recovering playwright turned writer-performer and late-blooming academic. Best known for her plays Wallflowering and Salt, she has been awarded a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, an Australian Writers’ Guild Gold AWGIE and a Centenary Medal for Services to Literature. Peta holds a PhD from RMIT University where she is a Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication. These days she writes extravaganzas with preposterous titles, performs essays, collaborates on loopy approaches to memoir, queers the q(a)antata, and makes mischief with The Symphony of Awkward in the emergent discourse of diarology. As co-founder of The Groundswell Project Peta is at ease conversing about death and dying, ageing and illness, and grief and loss. On the flipside, her commitment to the playful in everyday life has saved her own Mental Elf many times over.

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