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.
Her collection of short stories The Bonesetter’s Fee & Other Stories was published in January 2022 with Spineless Wonders and is shortlisted in the 2023 NSW Premier’s Book Awards.
Rashida has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. 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 been a judge of literary competitions and awards such as The WA Premier’s Literary Award, The Hungerford Award, The Spilt Ink competition, The Tallus Prize, the Ellen Kemp Memorial Prize and The KSP short story competition. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre WA and the Booranga Writers Centre in NSW, as well as an invited guest and facilitator at the Perth Writers Festival and the Hyderabad Literature Festival. She has mentored emerging writers in the Indian Ocean Writing and Inclusion Matters programs run by the Centre for Stories.