Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and a writing teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. Her books include Young Adult novels, The Whole of My World (Penguin Random House 2013), shortlisted for the YABBA and KOALA awards, and longlisted for the Inky Award; One True Thing (Penguin Random House, 2015), winner of the Children’s Peace Literature Award, 2016 CBCA Notable Book, and shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s Literary Award; and her new novel, A Shadow’s Breath, (Penguin Random House, 2017).
In 2016, Nicole co-edited an anthology of writing, From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (Black Inc), with Alicia Sometimes, both of whom form part of the groundbreaking all-female Australian football podcast, The Outer Sanctum. The Outer Sanctum was pivotal in breaking the biggest story in AFL in 2016, and is partnering with The Age for the inaugural women’s AFL competition. Nicole and Alicia have also collaborated on a football book for younger readers about the inaugural women’s AFL competition, A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017 (Black Inc, February 2017).
Nicole runs writing workshops for a range of organisations and education institutes around Australia, including Australian Writers’ Centre, Writers Victoria, and is the Creative Writing Facilitator at Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House. Nicole regularly speaks about writing, sport, politics and gender issues. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, a BA in Politics and Media Studies, and is an ambassador for the Stella Prize in Schools program.