Morgan Bell is a traffic engineer, technical writer, and linguist. She was born in Melbourne Australia in 1981, currently resides in Sydney, but calls Newcastle home. She is a member of Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle Writers Group, and Newcastle Speculative Fiction Group. Sniggerless Boundulations is her debut collection of short fiction. Her companion collection, Laissez Faire, is due to be released in 2015.
Her story “It Had To Be Done” was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012. Her story “Midnight Daisy” was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, being awarded a Story Commendation at the exhibit launch, with live readings on ABC 1233 radio and a Newcastle Writers Festival panel in 2014. Her story “Don’t Pay The Ferryman”, an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer’s Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Her short story “The Switch” was published in Novascapes, a speculative fiction anthology from the Hunter Region of Australia, in 2014.
As a child Morgan attended many schools, including Croydon Gums Kindergarten (VIC), Southern Cross (Ballina NSW), Culburra Public School (NSW), Springfield Primary School (Perth, WA), Baimbridge College (Hamilton, VIC), Swansea High School (NSW) and Belmont High School (NSW). Some of her favourite books growing up were the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton, Rasco And The Rats Of Nimh by Jane Leslie Conly, and anything by Roald Dahl, Robin Klein or David McRobbie.
Morgan volunteers as a HSC student mentor for Charlestown Community Centre: Study Space, and as a Primary Ethics teacher. In 2003 she was a speaker for the Sydney Women in Engineering & IT (SWEIT) Speakers Program, presenting information about engineering career paths to high school girls. In 2006 she was a facilitator for a robotics workshop for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Open Day for high school students. In 2013 she was a live-reader and prize-presenter at the Grieve writing competition awards in Newcastle, celebrating National Grief Awareness Month. She volunteered at the 2013 and 2014 Newcastle Writers Festivals, manning author signing tables and prepping speakers. In 2013 she had the honour of judging the childrens poetry prize for Tighes Hill Community Gardens, including presenting awards.
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