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Creative & non-fiction writing

'Dresses, heavy with water' - short memoir, Westerly online, 2023.

'The Wardrobe' - visual memoir, Baby Teeth Journal, 2022.

'Tadpoles' - poem, painted on the streets of Adelaide as part of Raining Poetry in Adelaide, 2022.

'Compulsory heterosexuality and the healing power of queer historical fiction' - personal essay, Archer Magazine online, 2022.

'Nostos' - short story, Voiceworks, 2022

'Dead Meat' - short story, Stringybark Stories anthology The Mirror, 2021

'Storm Water' - poem, Speakeasy Flinders Zine vol. 9, 2018

‘The First Christmas Without Mum' - essay, Empire Times, 2017

Academic work

'“Show and Tell”: The Risks and Rewards of Personal-Object-Based Learning' - journal article, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 2023

'Reading Objects, Watching YouTube, Writing Biography, and Teaching Life Writing: Student Engagement When Learning Online During Covid-19' - co-authored journal article, Life Writing, 2022


General audience


''The hardest and most beautiful conversation I’ve ever had': how end-of-life storytelling on TikTok helps us process death' - co-authored article with Edith Hill, The Conversation, 2023.

'Friday essay: 1 in 25 Australians have been estranged from their families. True stories about this can make people feel less alone' - article, The Conversation, 2022.

'How to write about broken trust in a memoir? Janine Mikosza’s Homesickness maps trauma in bold new ways' - review, The Conversation, 2022

'Brittany Higgins’ memoir will join a powerful Australian collection reclaiming women’s stories of trauma. Here are four.' - article, The Conversation, 2021

'Book Review: The Morbids' - review, InDaily, 2021

Media & Community

'In touch with... Marina Deller' interview with Flinders University, 2023.

'Could social media make us less scared of death?' - interview with 'Life Matters' on ABC Radio National with Edith Hill, 2023

Interviewed for the article 'Allan's final resting spot, husband in a handbag', The Canberra Times, 2023

'How academic friendship transformed our PhD experience' - co-authored article/blog post for Flinders University with Edith Hill, 2022

'Marina and Edith take you through a week in the life of a PhD student at Flinders' - co-authored Instagram Reel for Flinders University with Edith Hill, 2022


Island View Writers House Emerging Writer Residency, 2023.

Short memoir 'Dresses, heavy with water' Highly Commended, AAWP/Westerly Magazine Life Writing Prize, 2022

Casual Academic Teaching Award, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2021

Three Minute Thesis heat one winner & university finalist, Flinders University, 2021


Short story ‘Nostos’ Highly Commended, Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, 2021


Best creative/hybrid postgraduate paper, Australasian Association of Writing Programs ‘Rising Tides’, 2020


Short story ‘Dead Meat’ First Place Fiction Prize, Empire Times Creative Competition, 2018

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