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Felicity Volk Felicity Volk i(A57883 works by)
Born: Established: 1965 ;
Gender: Female
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Felicity Volk holds a BA/LLB from The University of Queensland (with majors in English Literature and Law). Since 1989, she has worked as a career diplomat, with postings to Bangladesh and Laos with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and various postings in Canberra. She has also worked for Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Most Referenced Works


  • Volk has also published poetry and non-fiction features in newspapers and magazines in Australia and internationally.
  • Volk is also one of two editors (with Moreen Dee) of the non-fiction work Women with a Mission: Personal Perspectives (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2007).

Personal Awards

2007 longlisted Varuna Awards and Fellowships Varuna Writers' Retreat Fellowship Three-week fellowship.
2006 Macquarie Group Foundation Longlines Program Residential fellowship at Varuna: The Writers' House.
2006 second place Australian Women's Weekly Short Story Contest For 'No Place Like Home'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Lightning Sydney : Pan Macmillan , 2013 Z1930741 2013 single work novel fantasy young adult 'Amid the chaos of sweeping bushfires, Persia gives birth alone at home with tragic consequences. Traumatised and grieving, she travels north, and encounters Ahmed, a refugee fleeing deportation and his past in Pakistan. So begins a road trip to the dead heart of Australia, a journey that transcends the limits of ordinary experience. In Persia and Ahmed's world, ancient winds wreak havoc across generations, lightning ignites flames that both destroy and rejuvenate, and water drowns then delivers. Hearts break, days are leavened with loss, laughter kills and cinnamon preserves. Lightning is an odyssey across continents and centuries that explores identity and connection, and our yearning to reveal ourselves even when cloaked in crippling grief. A glorious feat of magic realism, and a moving meditation on finding hope in the rubble of our lives, Lightning celebrates the way our stories and their telling keep us alive when all else is pulling us under.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 winner The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards Barbara Ramsden Award
2009 ACT Arts Grant For the research and writing of this novel.
y separately published work icon Ite, Missa Est Go, You Are Sent Forth Strawberry Hills : Spineless Wonders , 2013 11449135 2013 single work short story

'What effect does being without sexual intimacy have on our sense of identity? ‘Ite Misse Est’ explores this question through the experience of Berenice, a retired nun. The story is also about Berenice’s life-long friend, Mary and what happens when the people we love move beyond our reach, and how to find the grace necessary to send them forth (Ite Misse Est), with or without us.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 winner The Carmel Bird Award
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