About Christine Bell
Christine Bell is a Melbourne fiction writer. Her debut novel No Small Shame is published by Ventura Press.
Christine has a long history of writing for children and over 30 published short fiction titles. No Small Shame represents a shift to writing adult fiction and a desire to explore the challenges of ordinary women and how society and cultural expectations changed during the 20th Century.
Christine was awarded a Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Fellowship in their 2021 program to develop her current work-in-progress. In October 2019 she was the winner of the inaugural HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency for an Established Author. She received a Varuna Creative Retreat Fellowship in 2014 for her YA historical manuscript Prison Boy. She holds a Master of Creative Writing (RMIT) and a Diploma of Arts – Professional Writing and Editing. She has taught Creative Writing to adult students and served as the Assistant Co-ordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Victoria (SCBWI) 2014-2018.
Christine is now working on her second adult historical novel: the story of an Australian soldier who stays on in France after WW1 and the traumatic reason behind his refusal to go home.
When she is not writing, Christine is attempting to learn to play the piano and dreaming of the day she can reschedule a planned research trip to France. (Thanks to Covid-19!)