About me

Anne Benjamin is a Sydney-based writer and educator with roots in the Hunter Valley of NSW and strong links with South India.

Her writing includes: tanka, tanka prose, poems and fiction published in journals and anthologies in Australia, Japan, UK, New Zealand, USA and Canada, including anthologies resulting from the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the ACU Poetry Prize (2014, 2018 & 2019). Her poem, “Last night on Mount Zion” was Highly Commended in the 2019 ACU Poetry Prize.

She has directed two nationally-awarded curriculum projects and co-edited a monograph on education in 2008. In addition, she has published academic papers on education, leadership and ministry.

In 2016, Gemstones, an anthology of tanka written in collaboration with eight other international poets. was published by the UK-based Skylark Publications.  Her non-fiction, Saffron and Silk, An Australian in India, was published by Melbourne publisher, David Lovell Publishing, in September 2016 and by Notion Press in Chennai in 2018. Recent books are Australian Catholic Educators 1820-2020 (edited with Seamus O’Grady in 2020) and Leadership for a Synodal Church (co-authored with Charles Burford in 2021).

Anne is also an experienced academic, teacher and education consultant. She has authored or co-authored over 40 significant reviews in Australia and internationally. For 16 years, she held senior administrative roles within education in Western Sydney, including university governance, involvement in NSW Government education boards and committees, and for nine years was Executive Director of 75 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta in Western Sydney.  She is an Honorary Professor of Australian Catholic University, an Honorary Fellow University of Western Sydney, Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

Her current writing projects include the creation of a biographical dictionary, family history and poetry.