Alayna Cole is a writer and academic, and is based in Queensland, Australia.
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In addition, Alayna was the winner of the Jury Award and received an honourable mention for the Audience Award in the Serenity Forge Game Jam for her game, Enthymema. Alayna teaches game design in the Serious Games program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where their mission is to use games and technology to positively change the world.
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Key factsName: Alayna Cole
Location: Queensland, Australia
Primary job title: Writer and academic
Secondary job titles: Narrative designer, developer, editor, tutor, journalist, critic, teacher, lecturer, researcher, and administration assistant
Key projects: Founder of 'Queerly Represent Me', co-founder of 'Horned Llama Studio'
Education: Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) [in progress], Bachelor of Arts (English / SoSE), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Games bioAlayna Cole is the founding director of Queerly Represent Me, a resource hub and research organisation championing queer representation in games. Alayna works as a sessional lecturer in the Serious Games department at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is an award-winning games journalist and game developer. She was featured on the 2016 MCV Pacific 30 under 30 and the 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games list.
Academic bioAlayna Cole is a doctoral candidate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and a sessional lecturer in Serious Games at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has broad research interests, but she is primarily focused on creating and analysing narratives that improve diverse representation, particularly of gender and sexuality. Her doctoral thesis—entitled Queerly Ever After—comprises a collection of reimagined fairy tales that seek to incorporate plurisexual perspectives.
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I am lucky to have amazing friends with wonderful talents and a good eye for a perfect photo opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has taken my photo or drawn my likeness, and given me permission to use these images in my work. Here are credits for some of the photos and images of my face that you might across the internet.
All photos are available in higher resolution, upon request.