Vashti Farrer has worked as a copywriter, research librarian, encyclopaedia researcher, creative writing tutor, short story judge, book reviewer and film extra.
She’s had over 80 short stories published or broadcast and 26 children’s books. These cover fantasy, humour, history, and range in topics from possums to child convicts, spoof fairy tales to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, WW II messenger pigeons to the first Melbourne Cup.
She writes occasional plays, verse and articles one such being on British military executions in WWI.
Her only adult non-fiction book was – Ellen Thomson – Beyond A Reasonable Doubt? pub. Halstead Press, on the only woman ever executed in Queensland.
Her adult short stories have appeared in Southerly, The Bulletin, The Age Monthly Review, Twentieth Century, Australian Book Review Ministories, recently 2 stories in backstoryjournal.com issues 2 and 6.
Winner of five short story awards: Joint winner Canberra Times National SS Comp; Alexandra Hasluck Award; Eastern Regional Libraries SS Award; Botany Bay Bicentennial SS Comp; Society of Women Writers SS Comp (Winner and Runner-up).
ites for adults and children, with over 80 short stories published, and five major awards. Her only adult non-fiction book was on Ellen Thomson, the only woman ever executed in Queensland.
Vashti’s 26 children’s books cover fantasy, humour, sometimes history with topics ranging from possums to child convicts, spoof fairy tales to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Waler horses to the Melbourne Cup. She occasionally writes plays, articles and verse, but always comes back to fiction.