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About the Author

Lorraine McLoughlin has deep roots in regional South Australia. Born in Naracoorte, she grew up on a farm and, after studies at the University of Adelaide, taught in a rural area, then interstate and overseas. On her return to Adelaide, she taught English literature before working as a political adviser then as a bureaucrat in the arts, and then in regional development, along the way completing postgraduate work in educational administration and creative writing.

Since moving to live in Yankalilla in 2001, she has combined her passion for the arts with a love of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where she has played an active role in developing community arts activities. She was inaugural Artistic Director of the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival in 2005 (now morphed into the popular Festival Fleurieu). In 2011, she established the Books & Words Group which organises literary and bookish events in the area and gives locals a social focus with a difference – and an alternative to sport.

Married to artist, Peter Fitzgerald, Lorraine believes in the value that the arts add to a community, considering it essential to nurture creativity and make the arts available to people of all ages and backgrounds.

She champions local artists’ work by telling the life stories which shaped that art, and is available to talk to art students, writers, art galleries and community groups.

Current writing includes a commissioned biography of a late NSW artist who worked in the 1920s though to the 1980s and a monthly opinion piece for a Fleurieu newspaper.

For further details contact Lorraine by completing the enquiries form.

Lorraine McLoughlin
BA Dip T Grad Dip (Ed. Admin.)
Grad Dip (Creative Writing)
SA Great Regional Community Individual Award Winner 2007 SaveSave