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Kirstyn McDermott Kirstyn McDermott i(A67399 works by)
Born: Established: 1973 Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

In 1995, after completing a Bachelor of Arts at Newcastle University, Kirstyn McDermott moved to Melbourne. She served on the committee of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for a number of years and co-edited the inaugural issue of Midnight Echo with Ian Mond in 2008. She has published short fiction in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Fan Production in Any Medium for 'The Writer and the Critic'.
2016 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Fan Production in Any Medium for 'The Writer and the Critic'.
2015 winner Ditmar Awards Best Fan Production in Any Medium for 'The Writer and the Critic'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Never Afters : Female Friendship and Collaboration in Contemporary Re-visioned Fairy Tales by women Ballarat : 2019 23793100 2019 single work thesis

'Antagonism among girls and women in fairy tales has been the subject of much critical and popular discussion over recent decades. Significantly less attention, however, has been paid to the frequent absence of collaborative female relationships in traditional fairy tales and their contemporary retellings. Holding re-visioned fairy tales to be a type of feminist creative praxis, this thesis investigates how mutually beneficial relationships between female characters may be constructed within such narratives. "Never Afters" is a collection of six re-visions, written as sequels to well-known fairy tales from the Western European corpus. Situated within a genre that commonly isolates female characters or foregrounds female antagonism, each re-vision employs one (or more) of five key strategies that are used by contemporary authors to imagine collaborative female relationships within retold fairy tales: inversion, insertion/deletion, expansion, fusion, and extrapolation. The exegesis contextualises my creative work and assesses the strengths and limitations of each strategy by critically examining how they are used in contemporary fairy tales by authors including Emma Donoghue, Theodora Goss, Angela Slatter, Aimee Bender, and Kelly Link. I demonstrate that expansion, fusion, and extrapolation best allow authors to introduce new female characters and fresh feminist perspectives that move away from female exceptionalism and instead foreground female collaboration and friendship as potent sources of narrative power. The exegesis further argues that the cognitive sciences, and schema theories in particular, may offer insights as to why collaborative female relationships have received such scant representation. Using case studies of my own creative praxis, I explore the ways in which female isolation and acrimony are re-inscribed in contemporary work and recommend the adoption of new frameworks through which creative writers may critically and reflexively interrogate their tacit storytelling knowledge.'

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2020 joint winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Peter McNamara Convenors' Award
Triquetra 2018 single work short story fantasy horror
— Appears in: Tor.com Fiction , September 2018;

'After marrying the prince and having her own child, Snow White visits her stepmother—promising to kill her in ever more horrible ways, at the same time attempting to stay away from the mirror that started it all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novella or Novelette
2019 finalist Norma K. Hemming Award Short Fiction
2018 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Novella
Braid 2017 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Review of Australian Fiction , vol. 24 no. 1 2017;
2018 finalist Norma K. Hemming Award Short Fiction
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novella
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