Rashida Murphy is a writer, poet, reviewer and blogger. She has published her short fiction and poetry in various international literary journals and anthologies, including the Westerly, Open Road Review and Veils Halos and Shackles. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter was shortlisted in the Scottish Dundee International Book Prize in 2015 and is available now from UWA Publishing. In 2016 she was a guest editor at the Westerly and was on the editorial board at Cafe Dissensus from 2014 – 2018.
Rashida has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. After a short-lived career as a pen seller, Rashida taught ESL and worked as an Education lecturer for several years before undertaking her PhD. In 2016 she was the joint winner of the Magdalena Prize for feminist research for her thesis which includes the novel The Historian’s Daughter.
She has judged literary competitions such as The Spilt Ink competition, The Tallus Prize, the Ellen Kemp Memorial Prize and The KSP short story competition. She won a writing residency at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers centre in 2017 and has been an invited guest and facilitator at the Perth Writers Festival from 2017- 2019. She was a mentor in the Indian Ocean Writing project in 2018 and 2019. She has recently completed a writing residency in NSW . She lives in Perth and is currently working on a new novel and a collection of short stories.