Award-winning author Demet Divaroren's work is a celebration of diversity in Australia. It starts important conversations that can help to break down cultural stereotypes. Demet's most recently-published book, Living on Hope Street, won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults and was shortlisted for a 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She is currently working on her third novel.
"My Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at VU Polytechnic gave me the tools, knowledge and support to begin my writing career.
Soon after my studies, I co-edited Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia, a collection of 12 stories by Australian Muslims from diverse backgrounds. We wanted to challenge religious and cultural stereotypes by revealing the human story and the complexities of growing up ethnic and Muslim in multicultural Australia. The book was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council's Book of the Year awards. The stories deal with universal themes like overcoming bullying, familial and societal expectations and body image to show that the human experience transcends labels. We hope to inspire young people from all faiths and cultures who are trying to forge their own identities.
I’ve also been awarded grants from the Australia Council and my first novel Orayt? was shortlisted for an Australian Vogel Literary Award.
My goal is to keep creating stories that inspire, connect and create change."