Susan McCreery

Susan lives between the escarpment and the sea (which she swims in or walks beside daily) in Thirroul, a northern suburb of Wollongong. She studied BA (Communications) at UTS, Sydney, and her working life has seen her as a nursing assistant; sign laminator; Luna Park game stall attendant; waiter; ESL teacher at TAFE; English teacher in Athens; olive picker in Crete; youth hostel manager; tutor in reading and spelling; and an editorial assistant in publishing. She also had a stint in amateur theatre.

Writing

After a couple of Susan’s stories were published in uni mags, there was a long lapse before she started sending out her work, which from 2005 began appearing in print and placing in competitions.

Her poetry collection, Waiting for the Southerly, was published in 2012, and Commended in the Anne Elder Award for a first book of poetry.

After the release of Waiting for the Southerly, Susan turned her attention back to prose, focusing initially on short fiction and microfiction (aka flash), and now on a novel.

Her collection of microfiction, Loopholes, was published in December 2016, and was a finalist in the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) of 2017.

This Person Is Not That Person, a collection of short stories, is due for release in February 2019.

Highlights include…the award-winning story by Susan McCreery, ‘The Gardener’, with its sinister portrait of a certain kind of adolescent girl.

Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald (review of Escape, an anthology of short stories published by Spineless Wonders)

…in seeming to tell the tale of a woman’s friendship with a neighbour, [‘Of Coffee, Vegetables and Hair Colour’] ends by highlighting the faint transitions that occur between a husband and wife, transitions that come unplanned and unbidden.

Diane Stubbings, The Canberra Times (review of The Sleepers Almanac No. 7)

…three excellent stories about family: Troy Hunter’s ‘Snake Skins’, Michelle Radtke’s ‘Half Moon’ and Susan McCreery’s ‘Of Coffee, Vegetables and Hair Colour’.

Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald (review of The Sleepers Almanac No. 7)

Proofreading

For the past 20 years, Susan has worked as a proofreader for publishers such as the University of Queensland Press, HarperCollins/ABC Books, NewSouth Publishing, Murdoch Books, Allen&Unwin, Reader’s Digest, Spineless Wonders, and the bimonthly Australian Geographic (recent winner of specialist magazine for the third time).