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Dr Rachel Hennessy is the award winning author of five novels: The Quakers (2008), The Heaven I Swallowed (2013), River Stone (2019), Mountain Arrow (2020) and City Knife (2023). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

Rachel has strong experience as both a published author and a creative writing academic. She has been awarded grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Flinders University and the University of Melbourne and has a building reputation as a critical researcher in climate fiction, posthumanism and creative writing pedagogy.

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