Photo: Josh Martoo

Who am I?

Raelee Lancaster is a writer, collaborator and creative industries professional based in Meanjin (Brisbane). Raelee is the Co Director of the National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) and has had her work featured at arts events and festivals in Australia and Berlin. Raelee was a recipient of a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship 2019 with Varuna and was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers in 2018. Her writing has featured in Cordite Poetry Review, The Saturday Paper, ArtsHub, Voiceworks, Overland, and other print and online publications. Raised on Awabakal land in Newcastle NSW, Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples. You can contact Raelee on her website raeleejlancaster.com and on Twitter @raeleelancaster

What I’m doing now

I’m a writer, mentor, arts producer and aspiring G.L.A.M (galleries libraries, archives and museums) professional based in Brisbane, Australia. This is what I spend my time doing:

  • Accepting commissions for poetry, reviews and feature articles.
  • Actively pitching to publications around Australia and online.
  • Actively seeking part-time or casual work in the arts/creative industries, the G.L.A.M sector, as well as program and project management and business and customer support roles.
  • Co-Directing the National Young Writers Festival (2019-2020).
  • Studying a Master of Information Management through Curtin University (online, part-time).
  • Mentoring young Australian writers and creatives.

My main priorities at the moment are to develop a writing portfolio of poetry and non-fiction writing and editing and to work on my business support, service delivery and project management skills. I am open to considering new opportunities.

This statement was last updated August 7, 2019.

This page is a public declaration and a reminder to myself. It was inspired by Thomas Frank and Derek Sivers.


I pay my respects to the land that nurtured me, the land of the Awabakal people. I pay my respects to the land upon which I currently reside, Yagera and Turrbal country. I pay my respects to the traditional custodians of my land which carries my songlines, that of the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples, about whom I am still learning. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should navigate this site with caution as it contains images of deceased people.