Rachael Mead is a South Australian novelist and poet, with her creative work appearing widely in Australia and internationally. She’s the author of the novel The Application of Pressure (Affirm Press 2020) and four collections of poetry including The Flaw in the Pattern (UWAP 2018). In 2019, she spent a month in the Taleggio Valley in Northern Italy on an eco-poetry residency awarded by Australian Poetry. She recently won the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature to continue work on her novel about the first Australian woman in Antarctica, The Art of Breaking Ice, which is due for publication in 2023.