Lesley Beasley has been writing for ever and a day, sometimes for herself and sometimes for others.
In the 1990s she was a regular book reviewer for both The Canberra Times and Australian Book Review, and an occasional reviewer for The Age.
She has had short stories in The Canberra Times, Westerly, Redoubt, Muse and ANU Reporter; poetry in Redoubt, Muse, Poetrix and Australian Women's Book Review; and occasional literary and other articles in the Canberra Times.
Her writing awards and prizes include the University of Canberra Award for Excellence in Freelance Writing, the ACT Book Reviewer of the Year Award, the Brian Elliott Prize for Australian Literary Studies at the University of Adelaide, and an equal first in the Eve Langley Short Story Competition.
In recent years Lesley has been working on both a cross-genre history and a novel set in 1850s Australia. In 2006 the history was selected for a Longlines Macquarie Bank Foundation Residential Masterclass at Varuna and was later shortlisted for the 2007 Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development. In 2008 the novel was shortlisted for the Unpublished Manuscript Award in the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature. These are the equivalent of the Premier's Awards in other states.
Lesley has an MA in Creative Writing, plus a Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication, and has recently embarked on a Ph D at the University of Tasmania, working on a project set in 1850s Hobart.
Other writing-related experience includes preliminary reading and judging for the University of Canberra National Short Story Competition 1996–2004, and editing music instruction books (over 50 to date, written by Peter Gelling and published by LTP Publications). After benefitting from the program herself, Lesley was also part of the 2007 selection panel for the Varuna Longlines and LitLinks residencies and masterclasses.
Lesley works part-time at the SA Writers' Centre in Adelaide.