Dr M.A. Schott

Monika Schott is a Melbourne based writer and researcher. Life’s intricacies and curiosities inspire her to write and give voice to stories that haven’t been heard, particularly those of lost industrial communities and communities that have been isolated, segregated and abjected. Monika was shortlisted in the Ada Cambridge Writing Prize and has several short stories published in anthologies. A community conscience and commitment to social equity and responsibility has led her to serving on various committees and panels. Monika presents regularly at international forums. Monika’s current research is on uncovering the history, personalities and science of the State Research Farm in Melbourne, Australia. The site is of state heritage significance for scientific research and advancement of agricultural practices in Australia, and illustrates a change from European agricultural practices to practices specific to Australia’s climate and conditions.