Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer of contemporary fiction and creative journalism.

Since 2010 Nigel has been working on a series of novellas exploring modern Australian family life. The first, Fall On Me, was published by Blemish Books in 2011 and won the 2012 ACT Writing and Publishing Award (fiction). The Sydney Morning Herald described it as ‘a well-crafted tale – Featherstone manages to pack into this short novel a lot of food for thought on art, love, and survival’ and The Canberra Times said ‘substance, seriousness, and a fair dose of poignancy’. Due to the success of Fall On Me, in late 2012 Blemish Books published a second novella, entitled I’m Ready Now, which eminent Australian writer Marion Halligan called ‘a powerful yet gentle narrative that grabs you and holds you to the end’ and BMA Magazine has described as being ‘masterful in its execution’.

Nigel’s novel, Remnants (Pandanus Books), appeared in 2005. Praise includes ‘a fine piece of fiction deserving of a wide audience’ (Wet Ink), ‘a solid exploration of age, written with sensitivity and skill’ (Eureka Street), and ‘a beautifully written book’ (Mercury Magazine).

Nigel is the also author of over 40 published short stories with work appearing in 18 Australian literary journals, including Meanjin, Wet Ink, Island, and Overland, as well as in the USA. He has had two collections of short fiction published – Homelife (1999) and Joy (2000). The Australian Book Review described the latter as ‘beautifully poised… warm, lush, humane’, and in its own review Overland concluded ‘a distinctive voice, offering unexpected insights into relations between people’.

Nigel’s work appears in The Invisible Thread (Halstead Press, 2012), an anthology that celebrates one hundred years of words from the Canberra region, alongside writers such as Manning Clark, Miles Franklin, David Campbell, and Kate Grenville.

In 2009 Nigel was an artist-in-residence at Bundanon, Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s gift to the Australian people on the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales. In 2010 he was a writer-in-residence at the Kingsbridge Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Cataract Gorge, courtesy of the City of Launceston. In 2011 Nigel was awarded a NSW Litlink Fellowship Residency at Varuna, the national writers’ house in the Blue Mountains.

Since 2007 Nigel has been a freelance writer for Panorama, the arts magazine of the Canberra Times, where he explores the cultural life of his home region as well as interviews writers and artists. His creative journalism has also been published at The Millions.

Nigel is the founder and editor of Verity La, an online literary journal. He also writes the Under the counter or a flutter in the dovecot blog. The National Library of Australia has selected both Verity La and Under the counter or a flutter in the dovecot for permanent archiving through its PANDORA program.

Born and raised in Sydney, Nigel spent twenty-five years living in Canberra but is now home in Goulburn on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, his long-time partner Tim Phillips an hour down the road.

You can write to Nigel via contact@opentopublic.com.au

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