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Invited to be on the Judging panel for the  ARA Historical Novel Prize which will be awarded in October.

Invited to be on the Judging panel for the Voices of Women Short Film and Script Festival with an announcement in mid December 2024 with screenings and readings in early February 2025 in Sydney, New York and Kenya. 

Currently working with The History Lab at UTS’s Impact Studios to produce a series of podcasts profiling Caribbean people in Australia, to be aired in 2025. 

Developed and co-produced Callaloo & Wattleseed, a unique one-day symposium, held  May 3rd, at Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus, that focused, for the first time, on the cultural contributions of Caribbean Australians, in the arena of music, education, literature and performance. Callaloo & Wattleseed forms part of a broader ARC-funded project, Creole Voices in the Caribbean and Australia, which is led by Ben Etherington and Sienna Brown. Ben and Sienna have previously teamed up as convenors of the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies conference.


A 3 week research trip to Jamaica, sponsored by an ARC Development Project Grant. During which Sienna gave a presentation about her novel Master Of My Fate at the Center for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies.

Trials and Tribulations of William, an article was published in July in The Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest newspaper.

Attended the CSA Conference on the island of St Croix, connecting academics and historians from across the Caribbean and also those who came from places like Brazil, Germany, US, France, Mexico and South America.

Gave a paper - Immigration Belonging: the Caribbean Experience in Australia in the 19th Century.



Interviewed by Sarah L'Estrange for ABC Radio National Book Show to explore the line between fact and fiction with historical novelists.


Invited to be a Judge for the The WestWords/Ultimo Prize which is a new prize that aims to reveal the diversity of a contemporary Australia. Click the link to find out who the winner was!


Research Associate at Western Sydney University. My position is being funded by a three-year Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant and is administered through the Writing & Society Research Centre. In collaboration with the Chief Investigator, Dr Ben Etherington I will lead the project’s second theme of the ‘Caribbean experience in Australia’. This will involve synthesising archival research and creative literary reconstruction to explore the lives of Caribbean people arriving in Australia.


Begun work on her second novel – Love Under an Island Sun


In Conversation with Kathryn Heyman, Author and AWMP Director - hosted by Australian Writers Mentoring Program


A brief presentation for the Australian High Commission for International Women's Day




  • Wrote, Narrated and Co-produced with Dr Ben Etherington a podcast for Radio National’s History Listen Series: Caribbean Convicts in Australia - the podcast is still available for listening. Research for this project was funded by The school of humanities and communication arts, Western Sydney University


  • HNSA’s Historical Fiction Virtual Conference  on a panel with with Kelly Rimmer (the Warsaw Orphan) and Sue Williams (Elizabeth & Elizabeth), and chaired by Kelly Gardiner (La Trobe University).




  •  A Lie Agreed Upon - I'm on a panel at the Sydney Writers Festival on 29th April @12:00-1pm. It should be a fascinating hour. It's already sold out, but you can get on the waiting list.




Article on the Jamaican Products website about writing the novel. It's also a great place to find out more about the Caribbean Community in Australia and purchase fabulous Jamaican food. You can also read it on my own blog page. 


Research Assistant, Western Sydney University

I have been commissioned by Dr Ben Etherington to write a 40-50 minute podcast about the Caribbean men who arrived in Australia as convicts in the first half of the nineteenth century. This follows along and builds on my research for my novel Master of My Fate. The key priority for the research is to have a script that stands alone, but can also serve as a ‘proof of concept’ for an audio series about the Caribbean experience in Australia.


Master Of My Fate shortlisted for the ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020

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Arts Hub - ARA Historical Novel Prize now the richest genre-based prize for literature

by Andrea Simpson - October 13, 2020

Sydney Morning Herald  - A rich focus on the past in fiction

by Jason Steger - October 9, 2020

The Australian - Literary prize making history

by Stephen Romei  - October 8, 2020



A Black Lives Matter interview with Tina Quinn @2ser107.3’s Friday Drive program.


Sydney Living Museums and Master Of My Fate is up on the HPB website -

UNLOCKED Winter, No 26 - Sydney Living Museums' quarterly member magazine. 

In Brief (on page 5) a blurb about Master of My Fate

An in depth web article adapted by Jacqui Newling from ‘William Buchanan, slave, rebel, convict, bushranger’ written by me in Insites, Historic Houses Trust, 2013 (pp10–11). It's a brilliant reveal about the factual side of William's life. I've often wondered what he would think, and how amazed he would be to know he's kind of famous and his story has been brought to life.

I'm also part of the collection of contemporary voices featured in 'Legacy: Hyde Park Barracks today', it's on the ground floor. Who would have thought! 


MUD Literary Prize Event

In-conversation with David Sly writer, author and editor with a career spanning over forty years.

When: Mon 02 Mar, 3:45-4:45pm

Where: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, West Stage, Adelaide

Books + Publishing

Brown wins 2020 MUD Literary Prize for debut fiction

24 February 2020


Sienna Brown In-Conversation with Jacqui Newling,

Colonial Gastronomer
Better Read Than Dead Bookshop

May 2019

Sienna Brown In-Conversation with Jacqui Newling,

Colonial Gastronomer
UNSW Bookshop

June 2019

Sienna Brown In-Conversation with Ben Etherington

Western Sydney University

Writing and Society Research Centre

July 2019

What travel taught me
Traveller Online Magazine 2019
Repeating Islands
News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts
Changing Paths
Paper given at the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies (AACS) Conference 2015
How a Slave Ended up at Hyde Park Barracks
Published in HHT Members Magazine
Radio Interviews 
Night Life interview with Sarah MacDonald, ABC Radio
The Stretto Show, 2ST Radio Nowra
Early Mornings with Barry Nicholls, ABC Radio 720 Perth

Breakfast with Jacquie Mackay, ABC Radio Capricornia

Mornings with Nick Rheinberger, ABC Radio Illawarra

Evenings with Kelly Higgins-Devine, ABC Radio 612 Brisbane

Saturday Breakfast with Rick Whittle, ABC Radio Wide Bay

Blackchat with Lola Forester, Koori Radio 93.7FM

Life Matters, ABC Radio National


At one of my favourite bookshops Harry Hartog

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