About Ben O'Mara.

I grew up in Greensborough, a suburb in Melbourne’s north east.

After completing my studies in Professional Writing at Deakin University, I moved to West Footscray for work, and started writing non-fiction.

My stories have been published in The Age, The Guardian, Eureka Street, ABC The Drum, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and other publications. They’re mainly essays, feature articles, profiles and short reflective pieces.

I ride my bicycle to most places, and love early morning exercise – especially shooting hoops on the basketball court.


Some books that have influenced my writing:

  • Leviathan, John Birmingham
  • The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe
  • Money Shot, Jeff Sparrow
  • Melbourne, Sophie Cunningham


I’ve worked in university research and at Quit, Cancer Council Victoria. Currently I balance my freelance writing projects with my work as a science writer for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.


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