About Felicity

Felicity Volk studied English literature and law at the University of Queensland before joining Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). After diplomatic postings in Bangladesh and Laos, and following the birth of her two daughters, she began writing for publication while continuing to work at DFAT.

A fellowship from the Eleanor Dark Foundation (Varuna, the Writers’ House) in 2006, assisted Felicity to complete a collection of short stories, several of which have been published and won awards.  The title story of the series,  No place like home, was a prize-winner in The Australian Women’s Weekly/Penguin Short Story Competition (2006). 

Steal it with a kiss won the Angelo Natoli Short Story Award (FAW National Literary Awards) in 2006 and 
Ite, missa est (Go, you are sent forth) won the 2013 Carmel Bird Long Story Award.

With a grant from artsACT (the ACT Government) and a second fellowship from the Eleanor Dark Foundation, Felicity wrote her first novel, Lightning, published by Picador Australia (an imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia) in July 2013.

Felicity lives in Canberra where she is currently working as adviser to Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls and writing her second novel.  Her publishing credits include Women With a Mission -personal perspectives, co-edited with Dr Moreen Dee.


Felicity Volk   Photograph by Helene Walsh

Felicity Volk

Photograph by Helene Walsh