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My name is Alex Mullarky and I am a writer and veterinary nurse. I studied English at St Andrews in Scotland and Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. My pronouns are she/her.

I love working with animals and divide my time between caring for pets and wildlife and writing for children and adults. When I’m not working I love walking, wild swimming and planting trees. I play roller derby with Auld Reekie.

My wife is Australian and we lived together in Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges for five years, but are now based in Edinburgh. We have a Kelpie named Finn, two cats named Pepper and Gansey, and a horse called Rouk who currently resides down under.

I was very fortunate to stumble across a poster for the New Lines Playwriting Competition outside my local library when I was a teenager. As one of the winners I went on to write two plays with wonderful mentors that subsequently toured the north of England.

The children’s fantasy screenplay I wrote during my Master’s was a semi-finalist for the BlueCat Joplin Award and among the top 50 entries for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016. As one of the highest-scoring women I was invited by the Academy to attend the Writers’ Guild Festival in Hollywood in 2017.

I love rambling and camping, wild animals and wild places, so for a long time I dreamed about becoming a National Geographic Explorer. In 2017 I was awarded an NGS grant with which I planned and led an expedition among reintroduced wild horses in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains.

I am represented by Zoë Plant of the Bent Agency.

Media Bio

Alex Mullarky is a writer and veterinary nurse who loves to tell stories about adventures with animals and trees, mountains and magic. Raised in Cumbria, she studied English at St Andrews and Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Her plays have toured the north of England, her screenplay reached the top 50 of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2016, and she is a National Geographic Explorer. She now lives on the edge of Edinburgh and spends her free time walking with her dog, wild swimming and playing roller derby.