Demet Divaroren was born in her mother’s childhood home in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She is the co-editor of CBCA shortlisted anthology Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia (Allen & Unwin). Her writing has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, Scribe’s New Australian Stories anthology, Island magazine, The Age Epicure and The Big Issue. Her debut novel Living on Hope Street is a contemporary young adult story that delves beyond stereotypes to explore themes of intergenerational violence, cross-cultural friendships, class and multiculturalism. Demet teaches creative writing at Victoria Polytechnic.