Mark Brandi has been published, broadcast and shortlisted in journals and competitions both locally and overseas.
Originally from Marche, growing up Italian in a rural Victorian town influences much of his work. Mark graduated from a criminal justice degree and his career includes roles as a policy advisor and project officer in the Department of Justice, before changing direction and deciding to write.
. He is the winner of the 2016 UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger for his first novel, Wimmera, which he developed during two residential fellowships at Varuna.
Mark mentored five Central Victorian writers this year, to develop their stories set in the Whipstick forest north of Bendigo. The resulting book will be launched at Bendigo Writers Festival.