Chelsea Avard is a writer and teacher from Adelaide. She is co-editor of the short fiction and poetry anthology The Body. She holds a PhD from The University of Adelaide, where she works as a writing mentor. Her short fiction and poetry has been included in a range of works including the Sleepers Almanac, anthologies by Wakefield Press, University of Philippines Press and MidnightSun, and online publications Verity La and Red Fez. Her poem, ‘How We Stay’, won the 2017 Verandah Literary Award.

Chelsea will be appearing at the festival on Sunday Nov 5, at 2:40pm, when she and fellow writer Mag Merrilees will be discussing ‘Blogging Your Way to Publication’.