Paula Keogh is a writer and the author of The Green Bell: a memoir of love, madness and poetry. She currently lives in Melbourne although she has, in the past, made a home in various places in the country, including the Yarra Ranges in Victoria, and she has lived in cities such as Toronto, Canberra and Adelaide. An apprentice poet, Paula is also a lover of the wilderness, music and stories. She has travelled widely through Asia, North America, Europe, and throughout Australia.
After working in a range of areas – as a winery assistant, a fruit picker, personal carer and gardener – Paula turned her mind to creative and academic pursuits and became a teacher. One of her early experiences was as a teacher of vocational English to workers in an aged care facility. For the past ten years, she has taught professional and academic writing at RMIT University, and has delivered courses to staff on approaches to tertiary teaching.
Paula has a PhD in creative writing and is currently working on a novel. In 2015 she received the inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship Award for the development of The Green Bell at Varuna, the National Writers House. In 2018, The Green Bell was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, and longlisted for the Stella Prize.