Jay Carmichael

Creative Writer | Copywriter | Copy Editor

A little about me

Jay’s debut work of fiction Ironbark is published by Scribe Publications (April, 2018).

He was shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and has written for SBS Sexuality, Archer online, QNews, beyondblue, Overland, and The Guardian (Aus).

Jay is a Professional Member of IPEd. He has previously edited City of Yarra’s The Telling Tree project, aimed at LGBT youth, and has worked as a copywriter and copy editor for insurance, education, youth mental health, and government agencies.


Ironbark is an elliptical and beautifully evoked contemporary coming-of-age story. Through its protagonist, Markus, Ironbark depicts the conflict and confusion of growing up as a gay adolescent in a small country town, as well as being a nuanced and subtle exploration of grief.

Marlo, 1953

Marlo, 1953 is set in post-WWII Australia, at a time in which ASIO kept a list of ‘known homosexuals’. By focusing on the relationship between two gay men, it examines the unique strain of trying to live authentically in such a politically and socially repressive time.

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What others are saying...

[Ironbark] astonishes us by its wisdom and by its compassion. It's a work of great and simple beauty...
Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap & Barracuda
Jay Carmichael approaches the world as a poet, from an angle that is all his own.
Miles Allinson, author of 'Fever Of Animals'
Ironbark is an enveloping novel about ... the futility of finding peace in a place you don’t belong.
Shaun Prescott, author of ‘The Town’

What have I been writing...

Overland #223

Victorian Aids Council

SBS Sexuality

The Guardian (Aus)