Rachel Le Rossignol is a writer, editor, trainer, presenter and actor. Her first novel, Harlequin’s Riddle, was published in June 2017 by Odyssey Books under the pen name of Rachel Nightingale.
Publications and Awards
Crime Fiction (play) selected for performance for Short and Sweet 2016/17 (Manila and Sydney)
No Sequel (play) winner of First Prize and People’s Choice award, Eltham Little Theatre 10 Minute Quickies competition 2014, shortlisted for Short and Sweet 2015, performed at Bendigo Theatre Company 10×10 Short Play Festival 2017
Short stories selected for exhibition as part of the Cancer Council of Victoria Arts Awards 2008, 2010
Finalist, ‘Retire to Inspire’ short story competition, HESTA, judged by Bryce Courtenay
First prize, U16 section, Mercury Shorty Story competition, 1986, Things that go bump in the night
Fiction and non-fiction published in Honi Soit (University of Sydney), BellyJournal, Nurture, Theatre People (website), Reading Time (Children’s Book Council Australia website).
As scriptwriter: Murder on the Puffing Billy Express (2013-2015), Melbourne; The Snow Queen (musical), performed by Gemco Theatre Company; A Midsummer (Bay) Night’s Dream, performed by Gemco Youth Theatre on 3MDR radio.
‘You’re not going to magic away their disability are you?’: the ethics of magic and the ethics of realism’, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2011, ISBN 978-0-9807573-4-7
Merging theory and practice through artefact and exegesis, academic article in Bukker Tillubul, the Journal of Swinburne University of Technology, Vol. 7, 2013
Emergent eco-narrative in the third space, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2012, ISBN 978-0-9807573-6-1
Maintaining writerly identity during the creative PhD, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2014, ISBN 978-0-9807573-8-5
- Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing) 2014 Swinburne University, Melbourne
- Master of Creative Media (Creative Writing) 2006 RMIT University, Melbourne
- Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education 2016 Victoria University, Melbourne
- Diploma of Professional Proofreading and Editing 2007 Cengage Education
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2009 Selmar Education
- Narrative Therapy / Advanced Narrative Therapy 2000 The Hobart Narrative Centre
Bachelor of Social Work 1991
University of Sydney
Actor: scripted theatre and improvisation. Favourite role: playing Granny Weatherwax in Maskerade. A regular cast member of Murder on the Puffing Billy Express (2011-2015), and a storyteller at Medieval feasts. Reader of the 8 finalist entries of the HNSA pitch competition, HNSA conference 2015.
Panelist and Chair: Historical Novel Society of Australasia (HNSA) (2015) (chair and panelist), Swinburne Writers Festival (2016) (chair), Eltham Library Author’s Talk (2016) (chair), Continuum (2017)
Presenter: Australian Association of Writing Programs (2011, 2012, 2014), Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (2011), Aussiecon 4 (2010)
- storytelling, music, creative writing, theatre, acting, scriptwriting, presenting
- structural editing, professional document writing, academic writing, research skills
Experienced in Action Research, communications, training, social work, teaching, community work and youth work