Edwina Shaw is the editor of Bjelke Blues – Stories of Repression and Resistance in Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s QLD 1968 – 1987 published by AndAlso Books in August 2019 – a collection of 45 essays, memoirs and fiction from people on the wrong side of the Bjelke-Petersen regime.
Ever since her brother started hearing voices, Edwina Shaw has been fascinated by the workings of the human mind. Her first book Thrill Seekers is based on her brother’s battle with schizophrenia. Thrill Seekers was released in the UK and throughout the English-speaking world through Ransom Publishing UK and was shortlisted for the 2012 NSW Premier’s UTS/Glenda Adam’s award for new writing. It was released as a new imprint through Raven Books UK in 2018.
Edwina Shaw has been writing and publishing in Australian and international literary journals and anthologies since 2002, including Asia Literary Review, Island, Hecate Griffith Literary Review, Within Without These Walls and Best Australian Stories 2014.
Her feature film project “M”, based on a novel she’s developing further is contracted to producer Stephen Lance and moving towards filming.
She is also the contributing editor of Bjelke Blues – a collection of stories about life in Queensland under the repressive Joh Bjelke Petersen regime — launching through AndAlso books in September 2019.
Edwina teaches writing at the University of Queensland, and yoga, most recently to professional dance students at the Queensland University of Technology, and runs innovative retreats and workshops combining both. She has a background in education: from teaching in a maximum security Juvenile Justice Centre, to working with students with severe disabilities, running her own private language school in Cambodia, teaching English as a second language to refugees in Australia and creative writing to Forgotten Australians. She writes features for Uplift Connect an online magazine.
She is the coordinator of RELAX and WRITE RETREATS – yoga and writing retreats for women. She regularly teaches creative writing – using her unique blend of yoga, drama and dance – in schools, libraries, at festivals, at the Queensland Writers Centre and in the community. See Speakers Ink for bookings.
The worst job she ever had was selling dagwood dogs (corn dogs) in Sideshow Alley, closely contested by her long stint as a house cleaner.
Edwina grew up in Joh Bjelke Petersen’s Brisbane during the seventies and eighties, but escaped to live in Kings Cross and Darlinghurst in Sydney, Leipzig in Germany, Singapore, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in Cambodia. She is passionate about mental health, women’s issues, yoga, travel, and most of all, about story as a tool for healing and compassion.
She lives happily in Brisbane with possums, bush turkeys, kookaburras, magpies and the occasional python.
She is available for speaking engagements and innovative workshops combining movement and writing. Please book through SpeakersInk
She is also available for editorial advice, structural edits, proofreading, manuscript assessment and development, and writing mentorships. Please contact her through her CONTACT page for more information.