Madelaine Dickie – Troppo

Madelaine Dickie has worked as a rollerblading and skateboarding instructor, a radio producer and a disability support officer. Most recently, she’s managed the media and communications for an Aboriginal organisation in the Kimberley, WA.

Work means travel—travel means surfing!

Madelaine Dickie studied Creative Arts and Journalism at the University of Wollongong.

In 2014, Troppo won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award. She was one of five authors short listed from 61 entries for her unpublished novel Troppo.

Madelaine Dickie received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award in 2011, which allowed her to complete the novel while living in West Java, working with mentors at Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Islam Bandung.

Her first connection with Indonesia came as a 16 year old on a language exchange with a school in Denpasar. “Something really profound shifted in me and shifted the course of my life in a way. I was gripped by the country.”

Shortly after that exchange a friend was killed in the bomb blast in Kuta, in 2002.

That set Madelaine on a new course of thinking about how cultures, politics and religions intersect in Indonesia. “That’s really I think when Troppo started, trying to understand how this could happen.”

A fluent Indonesian speaker, Madelaine pursued her combined interest in creative writing and examining the personal-political collision through an Australian Asia Endeavour Award, which allowed her to write and study for a year in Sumatra.

As a keen surfer, any spare time was taken with travelling to isolated beaches and special surf breaks chasing that ultimate wave.

Her other ultimate catch is winning the Hungerford and having Troppo published through Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

She has been visiting and living in Indonesia since her teens and writes and rides for the surfboard company Treehouse Landscapes and Handshapes.

Troppo is published by Fremantle Press and is also available as an e-book.

Read more about Madelaine Dickie at her website here.