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Gretchen Shirm is the author of a collection of short stories Having Cried Wolf, for which she named a 2011 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her first novel Where the Light Falls, was shortlisted for the 2017 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Her fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, The Australian, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction and Southerly. Her literary criticism has been published widely, including in The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, The Australian, The Monthly, Art Monthly, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age.

Gretchen worked as a public law lawyer for more than a decade, and now teaches creative writing at the Writing & Society Research Centre, and Faber Academy.

The Crying Room, will be published in July 2023.