Gillian O’Shaughnessy is a journalist, writer, reader and interview facilitator at Festivals, libraries, bookshops and other events. Please contact her at groshaughnessy@gmail.com for details and fees.


Gillian has 25 years of experience in journalism and broadcasting with the ABC, working in radio, television and online news. She presented the Afternoon Show on ABC Radio Perth and Western Australia from 2010 – 2020. Gillian is a submissions editor for the literary journal, SmokeLong Quarterly and curated the 2022 Literature program for Perth Festival Writer’s Weekend.


Gillian’s fiction has been published internationally. Her short fiction appears in a range of publications, including the Bath Flash Fiction anthology, Restore to Factory Settings, (2020), Once: a selection of short, short stories (Night Parrot Press 2020), SmokeLong Quarterly, the Reflex Fiction anthology, Beguiled by a Wild Thing and the Night Parrot Press collection, Twice Not Shy: 100 short short stories, 2021. An extract from her 2016 essay, Perth: In Conversation, (published in Perth: A Guide for the Curious, UWAP 2016) appears in the new WA Museum, Boola Bardip. Her short story, Crash Landing at Elizabeth Quay is featured in the Raine Square Short Story Dispenser in Perth. Her work also appears in Samuel Johnson’s anthology of letters, Dear Mum, the proceeds of which go to support the charity, Love Your Sister.

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Gillian has interviewed a wide range of guests on radio, television and at live events, including for ABC News, ABC Radio Perth, the Perth Writers Festival, the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Ubud Writers Festival and Writing WA.

Her interviews include conversations with Sir Ian McKellen, Hilary Mantel, Helen Garner, Jane Fonda, Sir Ralph Fiennes, Taika Waititi, John Cleese, Craig Silvey, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas, Ben Okri, Judith Lucy, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, the late P.D James, Bill Bailey, Heather Morris, Guy Garvey and many others.

She is available as an interview facilitator, please contact her via the email address listed for details.


In December 2020, Gillian won the UK Reflex Flash Fiction prize, she was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and a finalist in the London Independent Story Prize. In 2021 she was nominated for a US Pushcart prize for her small fiction piece, Mouse and was longlisted for the Wigleaf top 50 best small fictions. She placed first in Writing WA’s Love to Read Local 100 word competition in June 2021 for her story, The view from apartment 95 on the Wednesday afternoon. Her story, Salt City Runaway was one of twenty selected in an international competition, judged by Kathy Fish for an anthology published in 2021 by Fractured Lit.

Journalist. Writer. Reader.

Email: groshaughnessy@gmail.com

Fremantle, Western Australia