Demet Divaroren was born in her mother’s childhood home in Adana, Turkey. She migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old and grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne. Her language was a fusion of English and Turkish words, a phonetic, random mix of strong vowels and sneaky silent letters. Outside of home, the fear of being misunderstood muted her voice until literature showed her the value of expression. Today, Demet’s unique voice shapes her stories, which explore multiculturalism, cross cultural relationships, racism and what it means to be human.

Demet is the co-editor of Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia anthology (Allen & Unwin, 2014) which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year awards. Her writing has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, Scribe’s New Australian Stories anthology, Island magazine, The Age Epicure and The Big Issue. Her first novel Living on Hope Street is a contemporary young adult novel that delves beyond stereotypes to explore themes of intergenerational violence, cross-cultural friendships, class and multiculturalism. Living on Hope Street will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2017.

Demet facilitates writing workshops and inspirational/author talks at schools and literary festivals and teaches creative writing at Victoria Polytechnic (VU).

A terrific debut novel. Highly recommended.

Reading Time, The Children's Book Council of Australia
on Living on Hope Street

[An] impressive debut.

on Living on Hope Street