About Lea


Lea McInerney grew up in Clare, South Australia in the 1960s and 70s. She has lived in Adelaide, Devonport, London, Oxford, Hobart and Melbourne. In the 1980s, she trained as a nurse and midwife, then specialised in oncology and palliative care. In the 1990s, she worked in public policy and planning. Since 2002, she has run a small business as an organisation development and plain language specialist. Over the past decade Lea has also been writing nonfiction and poetry.

Selected publications

  • ‘Learning the local language’, Griffith Review 55, State of Hope, January 2017, republished in Inside Story, 8 February 2017.
  • ‘Field notes on death’, Griffith Review 41, Now We are Ten, July 2013, republished in Crikey.com, 29 August 2013.
  • ‘More than two stories’, Griffith Review 39, Tasmania: the tipping point?, January 2013
  • Poetry in Meanjin, Westerly, Cordite, Southerly and Australian Poetry Anthology 2015.
  • ‘Freelance writing – two jobs in one’, Australian Writer’s Marketplace 2011–2012
  • ‘War, what’s the word good for?’, The Age, 6 December 2008
  • ‘No place like home in crowded rental market’, The Age, 9 July 2008


  • Finalist, Griffith Review/Varuna national essay competition, 2010
  • Outstanding achievement award, RMIT  professional writing & editing, 2010
  • Winner, Readers Feast/Eureka Street prize for social justice writing, 2011


  • Arts Victoria Arts Development, 2013
  • Mentorship, Australian Society of Authors, 2013
  • Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart, 2012

Qualifications and professional memberships

  • Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT Melbourne
  • Member, Australian Society of Authors
  • Member, Editors Victoria
  • Member, Writers Victoria

About the images

As well as Lea’s own photographs, several artists have loaned their work. Please respect our creative efforts and legal rights by not copying any of the works without permission.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council for the Arts.

Web design

Loic le Guilly, a computer scientist and photographer based in Tasmania, designed and built this website. He can be contacted at www.ultimedia.com.au