About & Press Kit

This page contains Dinuka’s bio and author photos, which can be used for promotional, press, or publicity purposes.

Please click on the photos for high resolution (print quality) images.

All image credits: Emma Stergio – Simply Loved Photography

Dinuka is pronounced Dee-noo-kah.

Bio

Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and the author of the Detective Kate Miles crime series published in Australia and the UK. She is the winner of the 2020 HarperCollins Australia Banjo Prize. Her writing has been shortlisted for the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, the Bad Sydney Crime Danger Awards, longlisted for the Richell Prize, and highly commended in the Australian Crime Writers Association, Louie Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the 2022 Dark Deeds Down Under crime and thriller anthology. Dinuka lives in Southern Sydney on Dharawal country with her husband, two kids, and their pet chicken.

Events & Workshops

Dinuka was the 2021 fiction judge for the New England Writers’ Centre, Thunderbolt Crime Writing Prize, and from 2020-22 volunteered as part of the organising committee for the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival (Writers Unleashed).

Dinuka has hosted writing workshops for Writers South Australia, Writers Victoria, WestWords, The Society of Women Writers NSW, Sydney University Festival of Creativity, and the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Sutherland). She has appeared in multiple online and in-person events including library talks, podcasts, radio, and writers festivals. These include the Sydney Writers Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, South Coast Writers Festival, Writers Unleashed, BAD Sydney Crime, Northern Beaches Readers Festival, Context Writers Festival, and Terror Australis Festival.

Dinuka has interviewed and hosted in-conversation events with authors including Nardi Simpson, Michael Robotham, Candice Fox, Emma Viskic, R W R McDonald, Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Veronica Lando, Kirsty Jagger, and Carla Fitzgerald.

If you would like Dinuka to speak at your next event, please click here.

Check out Dinuka’s upcoming news and events here.

Author Photos

Monochrome publicity photo of Dinuka McKenzie from the waist up with bushland in the background. Dinuka has short black hair, brown skin and is wearing a plain long sleeved top,
Colour publicity photo of Dinuka McKenzie from the waist up with bushland in the background. Dinuka has short black hair, brown skin and is wearing a tan coloured long sleeved top,
Colour publicity photo of Dinuka McKenzie laughing while sitting on rocks with bushland in the background. Dinuka has short black hair, brown skin and is wearing a tan long sleeved top and blue jeans.
Monochrome close up publicity photo of Dinuka McKenzie laughing while sitting on rocks with bushland in the background. Dinuka has short black hair, brown skin and is wearing a long sleeved top.
Colour publicity photo of Dinuka McKenzie standing with a river in the background. Dinuka has short black hair, brown skin and is wearing a tan long sleeved top and blue jeans.