About Lorin

Me, standing in someone else's kitchen, needing a haircut.

Me, standing in someone else's kitchen, needing a haircut.


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I wrote, directed and narrated the award-winning ABC RN audio fiction serial, The Fitzroy Diaries (originally aired on ABC RN's Life Matters), which you can find here or wherever you get your podcasts. It was reviewed in The Australian here. It won the Best Fiction award at the Australian Podcast Awards in May 2019. Series II is due out in November 2019. Iā€™m also writing a book of The Fitzroy Diaries with Pan Macmillan.

My children's book, a CBCA Most Notable book in 2017, is Our (Last) Trip to the Market, published by Allen & Unwin, illustrated by Mitch Vane. You can buy it here

I co-present a short, erratic, incredibly shambolic podcast called The Stupidly Small Podcast with excellent idiot Stew Farrell. More here.

I am a regular columnist for The Big Issue where I write a very helpful and scientifically significant Public Service Announcement twice a month (available here).

I have written for Crikey in an endeavour to improve the terms of the social contract for the benefit of ordinary citizens.

I write for TV and have script-edited a few things, like The Hipster and series one of The Librarians. I have recently been writing for children's television including Larry the Wonderpup (for the Seven network), Kitty is Not a Cat (also for Seven) , Bluey (ABC TV), and Monster Beach

You can sometimes hear me on ABC local radio. I used to co-present the daily breakfast radio show the Breakfasters on Melbourne radio station 3RRR. For almost two years prior to that I co-hosted with Alicia Sometimes a weekly show about books, writing and spoken word, called Aural Text. I have worked as a producer and presenter for commercial radio and for Radio National. 

I was a judge in the drama category of the 2016 Premier's Literary Awards. I was a judge for the inaugural Just Pretending Hotdesk Residency for emerging women playwrights. I judged the Melbourne International Film Festival's shorts program in 2013. 

In 2017, I wrote the introduction to Tinkering, a book of writing by my Dad. I have also contributed a chapter to this book and have written three essays for Meanjin (one about theatre, one about the role of law in Australian politics, and one about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which is discussed here on the Conversation Hour on 774 ABC radio). Sometimes I talk about things at the Wheeler Centre (a couple of videos here). In July 2012 I did a critiquing cultures residency at Varuna, The Writers' House and a Hot Desk Fellowship at the Wheeler Centre (supported by the Readings Foundation). 

I write and direct theatre and sometimes direct and script-edit other people's comedy shows. While I was at Melbourne University completing my Arts/Law degree, I wrote a play called People Watching, which was awarded second prize in London in the International Student Playscript Competition, judged by playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Another show, For We Are Young and Free (about an intellectually curious Paris Hilton and an Australian girl seeking asylum in Canada) was one of three shows in the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to be nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award. I have taken part in two artists' residencies at Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's Bundanon Property in New South Wales and one residency at Varuna, the Writers' House.

I have an arts/law degree. 

And I wrote and helped edit a coffee table book about the TV show Neighbours. Yes, really.

Also here is Maria Bamford singing a song.