Mehreen Ahmed

Mehreen Ahmed is an award-winning, internationally published and critically acclaimed author. She has written Novels, Novella, Short Stories, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Academic, Prose Poetry, Memoirs, Essays and Journalistic Write-Ups. Her works have been podcast, anthologised and translated in German, Greek and Bengali. She has two masters degrees and a bachelor's (Hon) in English Literature and Linguistics from University of Queensland and Dhaka University. She was born and raised in Bangladesh. At the moment, she lives in Australia.

The Pacifist

 Winner of Silver Recommended Read, Author Shout Reader Ready   Awards, 2019

Drunken Druid The Editor's Choice, June 2018

Nominated for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2018

   In 1866, Peter Baxter's misfortune ends the day he leaves Badgerys Creek orphanage. Unsure of what to do next, Peter finds himself on a farm run by Mr. Brown. An aging man, Brown needs help and is happy to give Peter a place to live in exchange for his labor. Unbeknownst to Peter, Brown's past is riddled with dark secrets tied to the same orphanage, which he has documented in a red folder.

    During a chance encounter, Peter meets Rose. Peter cannot help but fall in love with her beauty, grace, and wit; however, he fears that his affection will go unrequited as a result of his crippling poverty. But fate changes when Peter joins the search for gold in Hill End, New South Wales. Striking it rich, he returns to Rose a wealthy man. Peter is changed by his new found affluence, heading towards the mire of greed. Will Rose regret her relationship with Peter?

   Meanwhile, Rose has her own troubled history. One that is deeply entwined with Brown's past and Peter's future.

Moirae

Winner of Author Shout Reader Ready Award for Dystopia, Bronze Honourable Mention (2019)

Ditmar Award Nominee for Best Novel (2016) 

Aurealis Award Nominee for Fantasy Short Story/Novella (2015)

   Nalia finds herself trapped in a strange and inescapable lucid dream. Danger looms ahead for her friends. Pressured out of their homes in the Lost Winds, every step threatens them with persecution and death.

   Taking a daring route on a treacherous sea, they seek asylum in a new land. Will they make it to their destination? Will Nalia's dream of finding peace in Draviland become the utopia that she desperately desires, or are the dangers of this new land even worse than her home?

   Set in a real time, stream-of-consciousness narrative, this story takes you on a sweeping literary journey.

The Blotted Line

Winner of Bronze, Honourable Mention, Author Shout Reader Ready Award, 2019

   The Blotted Line is an international book of short stories. One thematic link that weaves the narratives together is a universal appeal of trust, freedom, and happiness. While each tale is unique, yet not completely disjointed from the others. A common thread of loss in human values runs all throughout.

Snapshots

   On a trail of relics and ruins, Snapshots is a travel diary delineating my journeys of four major continents. A travel through the ancient, the medieval, the renaissance and the modern, an historical account has been noted in this diary. Primarily, it is the palaces, the mosques, the churches, the temples and the museums, however, heritage forests and sea beaches have also found their way into this diary. Much of the book comprises my internal monologue, which I have presented in a stream of consciousness technique.

   With my rendering, these accounts have been compiled as chronicles of a motley collection. On rare occasion, culinary descriptions have been jotted. Time is of the essence. And on a timeline of this journey, specific dates have been drawn. As great distances have been covered, this travelogue has taken long to evolve. Dynamic in its own right, at the end of each traverse, another began anew and recorded here. My journey begins in Europe, then to North America, Australia and ends in the sub-continent.

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