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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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1 1 y separately published work icon Scratchland Noëlle Janaczewska , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2020 19894368 2020 selected work poetry

'Scratchland is poetry with a performative tilt. A topography of voices, of casual and perhaps not so casual encounters. A car park attendant, a neglected child, a crow with a mordant sense of humour...a possible crime. Creatures and plants scratching an existence (and occasionally flourishing) in the urban margins. People struggling to make their lives into stories and make those stories known to others.

'A collection in two parts, Scratchland is about wild frontiers the wild frontiers of our cities (Scenarios & solos from a mixed landscape) and the wild frontiers of our TV viewing (True crimers).'   (Publication summary)

1 Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue Noëlle Janaczewska , 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.

1 y separately published work icon Good with Maps [and] Teacup in a Storm Noëlle Janaczewska , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2018 14804309 2018 selected work drama
1 2 y separately published work icon The Book Of Thistles Noëlle Janaczewska , 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)

1 1 Teacup In a Storm Noëlle Janaczewska , 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)

1 Good With Maps Noëlle Janaczewska , 2016 single work drama
— Appears in: Good with Maps [and] Teacup in a Storm 2018;

'When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of places unknown to western explorers. In 2016 are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon, the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown—death.  Sometimes sad and confronting this performance essay also funny and thoughtful and celebrates the power of reading and literature to transport us to places both real and imagined. ' (Production summary)

1 form y separately published work icon The History of the Single Girl Noëlle Janaczewska , Australia : ABC Radio National , 2015 9652631 2015 single work radio play biography
1 form y separately published work icon The Other Polish Explorer Noëlle Janaczewska , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2015 8926719 2015 single work radio play

'Sturt, Leichardt, Eyre, Strezelecki - Australians know these names which are deeply etched into the country's landscape and national story. They live in our place names, in plant names, in our history texts. Less well-known is the name of Johann or John Lhotsky, a maverick from central Europe engaged in much the same nineteenth century enterprise of exploring and collecting. Yet although he published political pamphlets, scientific papers, correspondence, an account of his Journey from Sydney to the Australian Alps, and much else, Lhotsky remains an elusive and little-known figure.

'Writer Noelle Janaczewska first heard of Johann Lhotsky when she came across a brief reference to him in a second hand book. This was the beginning of a longstanding fascination with this intriguing character; one which would see her travel the globe in search of traces of Lhotsky, and into some of the great archives and libraries of the world.

'The other Polish explorer explores the beguiling story of botanist, geologist, social commentator, radical and talented linguist Johann Lhotsky.'

Source: ABC.

1 Experimental Review : Dominique Hecq’s Stretchmarks of Sun Noëlle Janaczewska , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March no. 49.1 2015;

— Review of Stretchmarks of Sun : Autofictional Fragments Dominique Hecq , 2014 selected work poetry
1 form y separately published work icon My Life in Cookbooks Noëlle Janaczewska , Australia : ABC Radio National , 2013 7799413 2013 single work radio play

'According to playwright Noëlle Janaczewska, cooking just might be Australia’s favourite sport. Complete with star players, teams of highly trained professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, and masses of spectators. TV food programs proliferate; Nigella and Jamie are household names; all of us eat and most of us cook. But how do you approach it? Did you learn it at your mother’s knee, do you avoid it, embrace it, enjoy it or find it a chore? And what part might cookbooks play in the whole exercise?

'My Life in Cookbooks blends cultural features, interviews, quotations, soundscapes, music, humour, and philosophical reflection with an essayistic personal voice. Although it acknowledges our fascination with phenomena like MasterChef and Jamie’s 30–Minute Meals (the fastest–selling non-fiction book of all time, apparently), it charts an altogether more idiosyncratic and unexpected course. It interrogates the stories behind our cookbooks to explore the associations and the emotions they arouse in us.'

Source: Radio National.

1 Nightshift i "In the lobby of a small-chain hotel", Noëlle Janaczewska , 2013 single work poetry
— Appears in: Women's Work : A Collection of Contemporary Women's Poetry 2013; (p. 80)
1 [Essay 1] : The Chapel Perilous Noëlle Janaczewska , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013-;

'Dorothy Hewett belongs to a long line of women who spoke out of turn.

'So does Sally Banner.

'Dorothy Hewett blazed a trail for women writers, and for Australian playwrights (of all genders) interested in theatrical innovation.

'I like to think that I’m part of that lineage.' (Introduction)

1 A View from Moving Windows Donna Abela , John Fraser , Jessica Bellamy , Vanessa Bates , Emrys Quin , Teik-Kim Pok , Nicholas Parsons , Noëlle Janaczewska , Alison Rooke , 2012 single work drama 'Harnessing the creative talents of some of Sydney's most dynamic and prestigious playwrights, 'A View From Moving Windows' is inspired by train travel to and from the thriving and vibrant geographical centre of Sydney, Parramatta. Specifically written for True West, each the nine short plays promises to be revealing and highly entertaining. Directed by Augusta Supple, one of Sydney's most passionate promoters of new theatre, this is a theatre event that mines the sublime in the every day to present Sydney's west as you've never seen it before.' (Source:
1 y separately published work icon Noëlle Janaczewska , 2011- Z1892528 2011- website The website carries excerpts from Janaczewska's writing across theatre, radio, prose and poetry, information about past and current projects, links to articles and publications. The author also occasionally posts notes, opinions or comments.
1 Colourful Moths of North Korea i "When the lights all went out", Noëlle Janaczewska , 2011 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , April vol. 35 no. 0 2011;
1 form y separately published work icon The Stepping Stars of Boroncowice Noëlle Janaczewska , 2010 Australia : ABC Radio National , 2010 Z1828250 2010 single work radio play 'In the small Silesian coal-mining town of Bóronkowice, two years into the German occupation of Poland, 14-year-old Jasia Kowalczyk is risking her bones to gaze at the stars. But one night, when she breaks curfew to follow her mysterious and troubled brother, Mile, into the forest, she triggers a sequence of events that will change her life for ever....' (ABC Radio National website)
1 form y separately published work icon Weeds etc. Noëlle Janaczewska , 2010 Australia : ABC Radio National , 2010 Z1826990 2010 single work radio play 'What is a weed? For writer Noëlle Janaczewska, the generally favoured definition of 'a plant growing in the wrong place' is only part of the story. Because if weeds themselves are complex and paradoxical, so too are our relationships with them. Taking her home suburb of Pyrmont in inner Sydney as a starting point to explore our interactions with weeds - on public and private land, in courtrooms kitchens, myth and fiction - Weeds etc is about weeds as products of culture and language as much as biology.' (ABC Radio National website)
1 Hopscotch i "Chalky geometry", Noëlle Janaczewska , 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Green Fuse 2010; (p. 24)
1 Zuiderzee i "Zuiderzee? Sounds good to me.", Noëlle Janaczewska , 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Extempore , November no. 5 2010; (p. 78)
1 Jesus's Ass :(By Way of Nietzsche) i "When he enters the town-", Noëlle Janaczewska , 2009 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December no. 31 2009;