Who is MST?

Michelle Scott Tucker is the author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World – a fascinating biography of the woman who established the Australian wool industry (although her husband received all the credit).

Elizabeth Macarthur was shortlisted for the 2019 NSW State Library Ashurst Business Literature Prize and the 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize.

Michelle is currently working with Torres Strait Islander Aaron Fa’Aoso, to write his memoir. It will be published in 2022, by Pantera Press.

Michelle is a freelance writer and consultant, having had a successful career in government, business and the arts – including a stint as Executive Director of the Stella Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent literary prize for women writers. She has served as Vice Chair of the Writers Victoria board and currently serves on the board of the Macedon Ranges Literary Association.

Michelle is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (English and History). She consults to government, business and not-for-profits to deliver reviews and and organisational improvement. In addition to her own writing, Michelle also delivers ghost writing, corporate histories, and other professional writing services.

Passionate about Australian literature, history and storytelling, Michelle lives in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, with her family and too many pets.

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A Note from MST

I have a family and a demanding day job but for twelve years – in my spare (!) time –  I worked on a biography of Elizabeth Macarthur.

The first edition (pictured right) was published by Text, April 2018. The second edition (left) in April 2019. You can read more about my writing process here. Or find out what drew me to Elizabeth Macarthur here in a popular post called ‘Never just a farmer’s wife.

Now I’m working on another book. I’m still writing about other people’s lives but this time I’m (ghost) writing a memoir for Aaron Fa’Aoso, Torres Strait Islander actor, film and television writer, director and producer. It’s truly a privilege and an honour to work with Aaron. Like him, his story is smart and funny and full of emotional complexity and depth. Writing it is an absolute joy.

Writing the books, finding publishers and launching Elizabeth Macarthur’s biography into the world has been a wonderful adventure. I’ve met some wonderful people, learned interesting things and travelled to some amazing places. This website – and in particular my blog –  is my attempt to share the wonder, interest and amazement.

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MST’s so-called literary career

In addition to delivering LOTS of talks and interviews, so far the highlights (and adventures) include:

2021  Recipient of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

2021  Awarded a Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant

2021  Publication deal with Pantera Press (more details here)

2021  Shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship (for the work-in-progress Aaron Fa’Aoso memoir)

2020  Selected to become a member of the City Of Melbourne’s arts grants assessor panel 2021-2024.

2020 Writers Residencies – Pros and Cons‘ published by Meanjin.

2019   Elizabeth Macarthur shortlisted for the CHASS Australia Prize for a book (Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

2019   Elizabeth Macarthur shortlisted for the State Library NSW Ashurst Business Literature Prize. More details here.

2018   Executive Director of The Stella Prize, August 2018-July 2019.

2018 Invisible Women‘, an article published by Inside Story Magazine, about the gaps in the story of colonial Australia.

2018  For all my author talks and events, please refer to News & Events. Past activities are listed at the bottom of the News & Events page.

2018  Elizabeth Macarthur: A life at the edge of the world was published in April 2018. Huzzah!

2017  Was one of the judges for the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. I wrote about my experience here.

2017  Elected to the Writers Victoria Committee of Management.

2016  Publication deal with Text Publishing. More details here.

2016  Signed with a literary agent, Jacinta di Mase Management.

2015  Selected for the non-fiction HARDCOPY Professional Development Program (a program hosted by the ACT Writers Centre and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council). You can find a compilation of all my posts about HARDCOPY here.

2014  Recorded a short piece for ABC Radio National’s 360 Documentary program called Bedside Manners.

2012  Shortlisted: Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship (for work-in-progress biography of Elizabeth Macarthur)

2012  Varuna Fellowship for Writing Retreats.

What else?

I’m available for speaking engagements, writing workshops, book signings, interviews, and festivals of all kinds. Please contact my publicist – Madeleine.Rebbechi@textpublishing.com.au

All images and text used in this blog are my own unless otherwise stated. Please don’t use any of my photos or text without crediting me and linking back to this site.

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