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Noëlle Janaczewska Noëlle Janaczewska i(A2422 works by) (a.k.a. Noëlle Janaczewska)
Born: Established: 1955
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1986
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Noëlle Janaczewska has written primarily for performance, as a dramatist, librettist and scriptwriter for radio and screen. She has incorporated bi-lingual writing into her works. Janaczewska has also written some fiction and essays which have appeared in journals and anthologies. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Oxford University, a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Janaczewska has been writer in residence at Murdoch University, University of Western Sydney, and the Theatre of the Deaf, and a guest director at the Victoria University of Technology. Her work has been presented and published locally and internationally and she has received numerous nominations, grants and prizes, including an Asialink Literature Residency in Korea, a Category B Fellowship (1993) and a two year Theatre Fund Fellowship(1996) from the Australia Council.

Janaczewska has lectured in writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2018, her biographical radio play Seoul City Sue won the AWGIE Award for radio.

(Major source: most biographical details provided courtesy of the author.)

Most Referenced Works


  • Other works include : 'Connie and Kevin and the Secret Life of Groceries' (2001), an AWGIE Award nomination, also 'Mysteriaki' (2000); 'Inland Sea' (2000); 'Glissando 24' (2000); 'The Butcher's Wife' (2000); 'Hinx Minx' (1999); 'Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life' (1999); 'Kimch'i Connie' (1998); 'Madagascar Lily' (1997); 'Think Like a Fish' (1996),

Personal Awards

2020 winner New South Wales Premier's History Prize Digital History Prize ‘Experiment Street — the true history of a city lane’ 
2019 shortlisted Patrick White Playwrights' Award for 'The Devil Girls from Planet M'.
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting for Seoul City Sue

Awards for Works

Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue 2018 single work drama

'Early evening. Autumn 1954. In a house beside the Nepean River a young woman is crying. Iris is chopping onions while Leo cooks the wild mushrooms he picked that morning. Iris is growing up at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Leo is making a new life for himself after fleeing war-ravaged Europe.

'Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue is the story of Iris and Leo. They’re two outsiders peeking in at a world of money, power and gossip as they prepare canapés and cocktails for a debaucherous gathering of Sydney’s cultural elite. Tracing the roots of Sydney’s early Modernist thinking, it is performed by Adam Booth and Kate Worsley, designed by Katja Handt and features the live music of cellist Me-Lee Hay. It’s a 60ish minute story of surviving and thriving as an outsider looking in.'

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

2019 winner AWGIE Awards Stage Award Community and Youth Theatre
y separately published work icon The Book Of Thistles Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2017 12320966 2017 single work prose

'Some plants have sustained empires and sparked wars. Some have ignited public outrage. Think tea, opium, tulips - and thistles.

'In 1852 South Australia passed its Thistle Act, probably the first weed control legislation anywhere in the world. 

'The word 'thistle' refers to a large and widespread group of plants. Several hundred species within the Asteraceae family, plus a bunch of other plants we call thistles - even though technically, botanically, they're not. Google 'thistles' and many of the sites will tell you how to get rid of them. Dig a little deeper, however, and from this weedy territory other narratives begin to emerge. 

'Part accidental memoir, part environmental history and part exploration of the performative voice on the page, The Book of Thistles is about the cultural and social life of this group of plants we call thistles.' (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Non-Fiction
Teacup In a Storm 2016 single work drama
— Appears in: Good with Maps [and] Teacup in a Storm 2018;

'Teacup in a Storm is a window into an unseen world of crashes, laughter and carrying on.

'Carers make up one in eight Australians and account for 1.9 billion hours of unpaid work annually. Teacup in a Storm draws on a series of detailed interviews with a number of these carers from the local region, exploring their personal experiences. ' (Publication summary)

2017 winner AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
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