Demet Divaroren

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Demet Divaroren was born in her mother’s childhood home in Adana, Turkey. She migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old and grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne. She is the co-editor of Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia anthology (Allen & Unwin, 2014) which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year awards. Her writing has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, Scribe’s New Australian Stories anthology, Island magazine, The Age Epicure and The Big Issue. Her first novel Living on Hope Street is a contemporary young adult novel that delves beyond stereotypes to explore themes of intergenerational violence, cross-cultural friendships, class and multiculturalism. Living on Hope Street will ...more

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Demet Divaroren I’ve always been an observer. As a child, I watched the world from far. I was shy and scared to raise my voice. As I got older, I fell in love with…moreI’ve always been an observer. As a child, I watched the world from far. I was shy and scared to raise my voice. As I got older, I fell in love with books and suddenly my life extended beyond one Melbourne suburb to the rest of the world. Books made me love, laugh, cry and question things. They inspired me to write and create worlds, characters and diverse voices. Writing is my way of being part of something bigger. It is freedom and expression, a way for me to articulate the things that bug me, that make me happy, that fascinate and move me, that confuse and challenge me.(less)
Demet Divaroren Self-belief is everything. It is the hand that mends your broken heart after a rejection letter. It’s the glue that keeps your butt on the seat to…moreSelf-belief is everything. It is the hand that mends your broken heart after a rejection letter. It’s the glue that keeps your butt on the seat to finish a first draft and rewrite it again and again. Self-belief is infectious. Once you believe in yourself, others believe in you.


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Living on Hope Street

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Footscray childhood flavours literary award winner

FEBRUARY 13, 2018 8:00 AM

BY BENJAMIN MILLAR





AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DEMET DIVAROREN WITH HER WINNING NOVEL.
PHOTO BY CONNOR TOMAS O’BRIEN



 


Growing up in Footscray, Demet Divaroren was an avid bookworm.


Yet there was one story she never came across – her own upbringing as a Turkish Australian.


Divaroren set out to create a story that rang true to her ow...

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