Photo: Josh Martoo

Who am I?

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

What I’m doing now

I’m a Brisbane-based writer (3 years experience), collaborator (1 year experience) and creative producer (2 years experience). I am also a library and information services (LIS) student and work in an academic library.

My mission in life is to develop projects and curate programs within arts and community spaces (including libraries and galleries) to promote empathy, listening, and laughter.

My main priorities are:

  • Working in library services.
  • Studying a Master of Information Management.
  • Co-Directing the National Young Writers Festival.
  • Finialising any current open writing assignments.

All of my time and energy will go into these areas. Currently, I am not taking on new projects until January 2021.

This statement was last updated September 21, 2020. This statement will be revised by January 1, 2020.

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 the 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.