Alayna Cole is a writer and academic, and is based in Queensland, Australia.
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From here, Alayna's involvement in game development, criticism, and research has continued, and her work in the industry is the culmination of her varied skills and interests. In addition to developing and researching under her own name, Alayna designs games and alternative media at Horned Llama Studio, which she co-founded in 2016. In the same year, Alayna also founded Queerly Represent Me, a database and resource hub about the representation of diverse sexuality, gender, and relationships in games. She is working on bringing interactive art experiences to regional Queensland with Experience Play, and is a regular on the System Links podcast. 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.She has been nominated and short-listed for—and won—several awards for her work as a developer, journalist, and activist.
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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)
Alayna 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.
Alayna 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.
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