Rashida Murphy has published her short fiction and poetry in various international literary journals and anthologies, including the Westerly, Open Road Review and Veils Halos and Shackles. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter was shortlisted in the Scottish Dundee International Book Prize in 2015 and is available now from UWA Publishing. In 2016 she was a guest editor at the Westerly and was on the editorial board at Cafe Dissensus  from 2014 – 2018. Rashida has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. After a short-lived career as a pen seller, Rashida taught ESL and worked as an Education lecturer for several years before undertaking her PhD. In 2016 she was the joint winner of the Magdalena Prize for feminist research for her thesis which includes the novel The Historian’s Daughter.  She has judged literary competitions such as The Spilt Ink competition, The Tallus Prize,  the Ellen Kemp Memorial Prize and The KSP short story competition. She won a writing residency at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers centre in 2017 and has been an invited guest and facilitator at the Perth Writers Festival from 2017- 2019. She was appointed a mentor in the Indian Ocean Writing project and will undertake a residency in NSW in 2019. She lives in Perth with her husband and visiting wildlife.

Here are some of her media links and publications.

She was interviewed by writer Rumana Husain here :

She was interviewed by writer Amanda Curtin here: and here:

Rashida also spoke to Gulara Vincent and Annabel Smith about The Historian’s Daughter. A review by Vivienne Glance can be viewed here:

Please browse through the Publications list for more short stories and poems.

Thanks for stopping by.

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15 responses to “About

  1. Great idea Rashida!


  2. Josephine WIlson

    HI there Rashida love your blog. Do you want to have coffee sometimes? Facebook message if you have time,

    Josephine WIlson


  3. I’m so excited to see your blog for the first time Rashida – I am about to go on holidays to a tropical island for two weeks with nothing but fish to look at, air to breathe, sunlight to soak up, a beach towel, a sarong, and a suitcase full of books! Which ones to read?????


    • Well , you’ve come to the book tragic’s blog Wendy…pick any from the ones I’ve mentioned or reviewed…they are all wonderful xxx And enjoy your sunsoaked tropical island…we’ll talk books and pictures when you return.


  4. I read your interview recently published in The News on Sunday and was immediately motivated to check out this blog. Loved the India Diaries and hope that you keep giving us more resplendent write-ups to savour! Good luck for your future endeavours! 🙂


  5. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Dundee International Book prize, that’s brilliant and must be a real boost for the novel and yourself!


  6. Hi Rashida, congratulations! A shortlist for the Dundee prize is a great achievement. Would you like to tell a story behind your novel for my series? No pressure, but if you are interested, I’d be delighted! http://gularavincent.com/2015/10/14/the-story-behind-the-story-call-for-guest-blog-posts/

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  7. That’s great! Just e-mailed you 🙂 Many-many thanks!


  8. Hi Rashida! Greetings from Greece. So glad to have discovered your blog


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