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Australian writer Dani Valent spent eight years traveling the world for guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, researching and writing about various places, including Bulgaria, Bonaire, Hong Kong, New York, India and Turkey.  Her book World Food Turkey was short-listed for the Andre Simon Memorial Fund Book Award in 2000, and she was a consultant for Lonely Planet Television’s SIX DEGREES series.

Valent has threaded fiction and poetry-writing through her career; her short stories and poems have appeared in numerous Australian literary magazines.  She published a book of poetry and short fiction, Dani Valent: Works, in 1990.

Valent currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to Good Weekend, Australia’s premier newspaper magazine and The Age, Melbourne’s daily newspaper.