My Work

My Freelance Work

Maribel Steel is a 2017 “Top 100 Freelance Blogger” on She was awarded a High Commendation in the WriteAbility Fellowships (2017) for her proposed “Touching Landscapes” travel book.

As a professional freelance writer, she previously wrote as an expert on Vision Loss for ( network).

Maribel has written over 200 column pieces, creative nonfiction short stories, personal essays and memoir stories that have been published online, in print journals, Anthologies and as Audio podcasts.

Maribel is one of the international judges on a panel for the Accessible Books Consortium (UK) International Excellence Awards for Accessible Publishing which is presented at the London Book Fair. She was also part of the editorial team of Sparx Journal, Society of Women Writers, VIC in 2017.

She writes for VisionAware (The American Foundation for the Blind) as a peer advisor and International Correspondent and mentored new writers to craft their stories in her 10 week “Write Your Memoir” course (2016) at U3A Wheelers Hill, Victoria.

☺ Inspire Award 2017: 3rd place winner of the Lynette Rowe Best Achievement in Community Service

Features Online Some of the places where Maribel’s writing appears are

Authors for Accessibility – The International Author’s Forum

Changing the Way we See books – The Australian Author (July Issue 2015)

Eyes on Access – Culture Victoria & Museums Australia

Blind Kitty – Artsider Magazine of Arts Access Victoria

Theatre Through Blind Eyes – ArtsHub

His Ghostly Heart Review – Artshub

Tilly Aston: Blind Teacher, Poet and Visionary – VisionAware & Vision Australia Library

Interview – Exceptions Journal: The Art & Literary Journal for Students with Visual Disabilities

Magazines and Journals

Touching Paris – Sparx Journal Issue #1

I Hold Back Tears of Love –  My Child Magazine Issue #26

The Spirit of Glenfern – Writers Victoria Journal

The Coffee Stain (Flash fiction)  – The Australian Writer (FAW, VIC #376)

Smelling the Trees: Memoir of a Guide Dog  – The Australian Writer (FAW, VIC #377)

Feature Articles in The Australian Writer (FAW) VIC

Many Different Hats – Issue #375

The Place Where I Write – Issue #379

There’s a Bard in my Book: the Resurgence of Oral Storytelling – issue #380

Wedding Fashion Folklore: Tradition for Better or Worse  – Issue #381

Online Guest Posts (  a few of many here)

Helen Keller and Tilly Aston – Beauty in Nature – AFB

8-Threads to Weave into the Garment of Change – Bold Blind Beauty

Save Time: Intuit your Success – Pen and Prosper

How to Feel for the Right Words – Writing Classes for Kids

Under Granite Skies of the Australian Bush – View From the Pier

Discovery Of Beauty And Craftsmanship, A Collector’s Experience, part 1

Discovery Of Beauty And Craftsmanship, A Collector’s Experience, part 2

….with a dozen short stories featured on Vision Through Words

My Blog Sites

Gateway to Blindness

Touching Landscapes


VisionAware (scroll down for posts)

Podcasts & Interviews

ABC Radio National –  The Drawing Room

3 RRR   Rolf Potts Travel Blog

Radio Australia     Eyes on Success      Talking Vision

Low Vision Bureau (Colombia)    Freedom Scientific

Webinars at Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually-impaired.

MY MOTHER’S HARVEST – A collection of family recipes & short stories

‘My Mother’s Harvest contains a selection of recipes that have nourished three generations. In the second half of this book, Maribel Steel recalls, with endearing honesty, stories from her childhood, making the connection between Spanish & English culture and cuisine, and how the flavours have become a part of the lives of her Australian children.’


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