About Raelee…

Raelee Lancaster is a Brisbane-based writer, creative producer, and information services professional. Raised on Awabakal land in Newcastle NSW, Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples.

Raelee began calling herself a writer in 2017 and, in 2018, she was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. From 2018-2020, Raelee was employed by the National Young Writers Festival as a creative producer and subsequently Co-Director. In 2019, Raelee was a recipient of a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship. Raelee’s writing has featured in The Guardian, SBS Voices, The Saturday Paper, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, and other print and online publications. Raelee regualrly attends and speaks at arts events and festivals.

Raelee’s professional career in information services focuses on library services with a keen interest in archives and research. Raelee hopes to combine her work in information services with her writing and producing work to promote empathy, listening, and laughter in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sector.

Photo by Josh Martoo.

What I’m doing now

A person reading at a microphone.

I’m a Brisbane-based writer (4 years experience), collaborator (2 year experience) and creative producer (3 years experience). I am also a library and information services (LIS) student and work in an academic library (2 years).

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

My main priorities are:

  • Working full time in library services.
  • Studying a Master of Information Management part time.
  • Nuturing close, longlasting relationships.
  • Taking on a limited number of commisions for poetry and nonfiction writing.

Ninety per cent (90%) of my time and energy will go into these areas. I’m willing to take on more work so long as it does not interfere with these priorities. This includes—but is not limited to—attending and guest speaking at festivals, conferences and events, as well as paid writing commissions.

This statement was last updated June 3, 2021. This statement will be revised by August 4, 2021.

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

Photograph by Phoebe le Brocque.

Acknowledgement of Country

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.