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Dylin Hardcastle was born in 1993. They are an author, artist, screenwriter and scholar.

Dylin's novel, Below Deck has sold in ten territories and will be translated into eight languages.

Dylin is also the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of Cloudy River, which was made with completion funding from Queer Screen, and principal funding from Screen Australia. The show is produced by Confidante Pictures, and distributed by Escapade Media. 

In 2018, Dylin was a Provost's Scholar at Worcester College, at the University of Oxford. They were one of the first two Australians to receive this scholarship.

Previously in Australia, Dylin completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), majoring in painting, in 2016. They completed Honours in Visual Arts at SCA on an academic scholarship from the University of Sydney in 2017, graduating with First Class Honours and an Academic Merit Award.

Dylin's memoir, Running like China is published by Hachette and was released in September 2015. Dylin's debut novel for young adults, Breathing Under Water is also published by Hachette and was released in July 2016. Bolinda Audio publishes both books as audio books.

In addition to their books, Dylin has written for various publications, including Griffith Review, Anthroposphere, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Anthroposphere Review, The Stick, Surfing World and Damaged Goods Zine. Their art has appeared in The Mays Anthology, and RISE (Oxford Climate Review).

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