Fiona D'Silva


Fiona D’Silva is an emerging writer with published works of short story and poetry. 

Her short stories have featured on the ABC 500 National website homepage and recorded for ABC Regional radio. She is also published in the Cry of the Curlew Anthology 2019, The Creatives Journal, Neptune Archive, Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology 2020 (UK). Fiona exhibited in the Poet-Tree Installation Ballarat and recently won the Ballarat Flash competition for April 2020.

In 2019 Fiona was Editor of 'Cry of the Curlew', the third anthology of the Moorabool Writers' Craft group (see review below) of which she is a member.  She is also a member of Writers Victoria and Ballarat Writers.

Fiona's artwork was the winning entry of the vote (blind) for the cover of Cry of the Curlew.


Fiona has been a restaurant owner, an animal shelter manager, and is still a wildlife rescuer and transporter. 

She lives in the forest near Blackwood, Victoria and she regularly travels to swim at Barwon Heads. She also skis each winter in the Victorian Alps.

Studied at:

Victoria College - Fine Arts Major, Dip. T.

Wesleyan University Connecticut - Creative Writing Certificate 5 Course Capstone.   


Harvard University - American Modernist Poetry HarvardX online.


Animal Welfare:

La Trobe University - Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (partially complete)

The University of Edinburgh - Animal Behaviour and Welfare Certificate (online)

Wildlife Victoria - Wildlife Rescue and Transport Training

Wildlife Victoria - Fire Ground Wildlife Rescue Certificate

Wildlife Victoria - Biology, Rescue and Rehab of Short-Beaked Echidnas Certificate

Shelter Manager - Pets Haven Animal Shelter 


Fiona approached the mammoth task of putting together our latest anthology with never anything less than total commitment and enthusiasm. As well as the nitty-gritty of compiling submissions and forming an editorial committee, Fiona looked to innovate at every level. The result is the brilliant Cry of the Curlew, an anthology that not only can everyone in the Writers Craft group be hugely proud of, but serves as a sophisticated showcase of our writing to the local community. - Wayne Marshall.  

Wayne Marshall is the author of Shirl, Affirm Press. His short story collection was shortlisted forVictorian Premier’s Literary Award 2019. He is co-founder of the Peter Carey Short Story Award. Wayne’s short stories have appeared in: Kill Your Darlings, The Writer’s Bloc, Island, Going Down Swinging, Review of Australian Fiction, Cry of the Curlew and more.

Fiona’s work is never less than outstanding in its quality and displayed a combination of intelligence, imagination and hard work. Her folio was outstanding; conceptually and her development of skills and techniques were really exciting. Fiona’s Seminar Presentation remains with me as the best I have ever encountered in my teaching experience or have had from a student in all my time at tertiary institutions. It’s been terrific knowing and teaching her.

Dr. John Forrest - Visual Arts Lecturer, Victoria College.

Fiona is an asset to our writers group. She is the glue that keeps us together as well as the cheer squad who champions all our successes, no matter how small. Her reviews of members’ work are insightful, carefully given and help provide new audiences for our writing. It also needs to be said that her own work is just as deserving of the praise she gives others. A firecracker of an artist who gives light to all around her. - Jem Tyley-Miller.

Jem Tyley-Miller is an emerging crime writer from regional Victoria whose stories have been shortlisted for many awards including last year’s Margaret River Short Story Prize. She is currently longlisted for Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award 2020. Jem is a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and her work has been published in Meanjin, Overland and We’ll Stand in that Place Anthology and Other Stories. She works in film and TV to fund her writing and co-organises the Peter Carey Short Story Award in her spare time.

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