Jenny Ackland is a writer and teacher who lives in Melbourne. Her short
work has been published in literary journals and listed in awards and
prizes. She is a recipient of a Creative Victoria VicArts Grant, a
Bundanon Residency Fellowship and a Varuna Residency Fellowship.
Her publisher is Allen & Unwin and her debut novel The Secret Son(2015) – a ‘Ned Kelly-Gallipoli mash-up’ about truth and history – is set in Australia and Turkey. Her second novel, Little Gods, explores the
mess of family, memory and girlhood, and was published in 2018. Little
Gods has been shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. In mid 2017, Jenny
established the Bad Diaries Salon, a series where writers read from their early, terrible works, in front of a live audience. Readers have included William McInnes (Seachange), Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner) and AJ Finn (The Woman at theWindow). In 2019, Jenny is teaching creative writing at ACU.