Emerging Writers’ Festival 2018

Really looking forward to doing a Faber Academy session at Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival with my Faber teacher and brilliant author Paddy O’Reilly.

Saturday 23rd June 12pm, State Library Victoria, Conference Centre
179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000


The Nancys being published by Allen and Unwin

Jane Palfreyman, R.W.R.McDonald and Grace Heifetz

Great news to share. My debut novel, The Nancys, will be published by the amazing Jane Palfreyman at Allen and Unwin, coming out in 2019.

Huge thanks to Grace Heifetz at Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd for everything!!!



#8WordStory – Queensland Writers Centre

Amazing to see my #8WordStory up on billboards in Brisbane!




The Nancys wins Highly Commended for Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 Unpublished Manuscript

Highly commended entries

The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald

Judges’ notes: A murder mystery featuring Tippy Chan, the 11 year old is narrator. Her Uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon come to take care of her while her mother is on a holiday. Tippy’s friend Todd has an accident and her teacher is gruesomely murdered. Tippy, Uncle Pike and Devon start a detective club inspired by Nancy Drew and call themselves The Nancys and attempt to solve the mystery. This novel features lots of laugh out loud moments, and captures the sense of small town prejudice while featuring larger than life characters.