Hayley Scrivenor is a writer, academic and former Director of Wollongong Writers Festival, which runs in November every year on the South Coast of NSW. She lives and writes on D’harawal country. Hayley’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a range of Australian literary journals and she was shortlisted for the Overland Story Wine prize. She was awarded the 2019 Ray Koppe/ASA Fellowship for her novel-in-progress The Push Back, about a young girl who goes missing from a small country town. In 2020, this manuscript was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. Hayley is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong.