Noëlle Janaczewska has written primarily for performance, as a dramatist, librettist and scriptwriter for radio and screen. She has incorporated bi-lingual writing into her works. Janaczewska has also written some fiction and essays which have appeared in journals and anthologies. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Oxford University, a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Janaczewska has been writer in residence at Murdoch University, University of Western Sydney, and the Theatre of the Deaf, and a guest director at the Victoria University of Technology. Her work has been presented and published locally and internationally and she has received numerous nominations, grants and prizes, including an Asialink Literature Residency in Korea, a Category B Fellowship (1993) and a two year Theatre Fund Fellowship(1996) from the Australia Council.
Janaczewska has lectured in writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Apart from the works listed in AustLit, Janaczewska's produced plays, radio scripts and libretti also include: 'Connie and Kevin and the Secret Life of Groceries' (2001), an AWGIE Award nomination, also 'Mysteriaki' (2000); 'Inland Sea' (2000); 'Glissando 24' (2000); 'The Butcher's Wife' (2000); 'Hinx Minx' (1999); 'Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life' (1999); 'Kimch'i Connie' (1998); 'Madagascar Lily' (1997); 'Think Like a Fish' (1996).
'Sturt, Leichardt, Eyre, Strezelecki - Australians know these names which are deeply etched into the country's landscape and national story. They live in our place names, in plant names, in our history texts. Less well-known is the name of Johann or John Lhotsky, a maverick from central Europe engaged in much the same nineteenth century enterprise of exploring and collecting. Yet although he published political pamphlets, scientific papers, correspondence, an account of his Journey from Sydney to the Australian Alps, and much else, Lhotsky remains an elusive and little-known figure.
'Writer Noelle Janaczewska first heard of Johann Lhotsky when she came across a brief reference to him in a second hand book. This was the beginning of a longstanding fascination with this intriguing character; one which would see her travel the globe in search of traces of Lhotsky, and into some of the great archives and libraries of the world.
'The other Polish explorer explores the beguiling story of botanist, geologist, social commentator, radical and talented linguist Johann Lhotsky.'
'According to playwright Noëlle Janaczewska, cooking just might be Australia’s favourite sport. Complete with star players, teams of highly trained professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, and masses of spectators. TV food programs proliferate; Nigella and Jamie are household names; all of us eat and most of us cook. But how do you approach it? Did you learn it at your mother’s knee, do you avoid it, embrace it, enjoy it or find it a chore? And what part might cookbooks play in the whole exercise?
'My Life in Cookbooks blends cultural features, interviews, quotations, soundscapes, music, humour, and philosophical reflection with an essayistic personal voice. Although it acknowledges our fascination with phenomena like MasterChef and Jamie’s 30–Minute Meals (the fastest–selling non-fiction book of all time, apparently), it charts an altogether more idiosyncratic and unexpected course. It interrogates the stories behind our cookbooks to explore the associations and the emotions they arouse in us.'