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.

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

My partner 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.

Roller derby image by Lauren Murphy Photography, Gippsland Pride Cup
Vineyard image by Carmen Zammit / Shadowfax