Meredith Jaffé is an author, presenter and facilitator. Her experience includes four years as the literary critic for the online women’s magazine, The Hoopla, writing the weekly column, The Bookshelf. Her reviews, author interviews, feature articles and oped pieces have appeared in The Hoopla, Australian Author, Guardian Australia, Huffington Post and Mamma Mia.
Meredith is a Festival Director for Storyfest, a storytelling festival on Australia's New South Wales south coast featuring Australia's finest fiction, non-fiction, songwriting and film-making creatives.
Meredith regularly facilitates events at writers’ festivals, including Sydney, Newcastle and St Albans Writers Festivals. She volunteers at The Footpath Library, running the annual EPIC! short story competition for school children.
The long version...
However, like many authors, how she became a writer is a different story. Meredith became a writer via the scenic route. As a schoolgirl, she wrote stories and poetry almost exclusively on the topic of horses (her poem The Brumbies was published in the annual school magazine!) When not writing about or riding horses, she channelled her energies into drama classes earning bit parts in the annual school plays. In Year 12, Meredith scored one of the two leading roles in the school’s production of Pride and Prejudice. Playing the part of Darcy remains the pinnacle of her acting career.
Meandering off to university, she majored in English Literature and Sociology and upon graduating she announced that she was going to be a writer. Her parents told her not to be silly and to get a real job, which she did. For 9 years, she worked in an insurance company and later became quite successful as a recruiter, possibly because it allowed her to collect other people’s life stories.
Facing the impending birth of her third child, she decided it was time to write or die wondering. Her early writing caught the eye of one of the founders of the online women’s magazine The Hoopla and Meredith joined the magazine when it launched in July 2011. In March the following year, Meredith stepped into the role of Editor, Books and enjoyed three blissful years reviewing books and interviewing writers before the magazine closed its doors in March 2015.
Along the way, she has been a member of the expert panel that selects the longlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards and regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews fellow writers for various literary festivals. She volunteers at The Footpath Library where she is the Ambassador Program Coordinator enlisting writers to share the joy of reading with homeless people. She also runs their national EPIC! writing competition for school children.
In 2018, Meredith co-founded Storyfest, a storytelling festival on Australia's New South Wales south coast. As Festival Director, Meredith is responsible for putting together a star-studded program featuring Australia's finest fiction, non-fiction, songwriting and film-making creatives.
Meredith's debut novel The Fence is available now. You can order a copy here. Her second novel, The Making of Christina was released in 2017 and is also available at all the usual outlets, including here.
If you would to book Meredith as a facilitator or interviewer at your next literary event, you can contact her here.