Our guest authors for Tuesday August 1st are:
Kasey Edwards - Australian autobiographical non-fiction
Guilt Trip: My Quest to Leave the Baggage Behind
‘Life is not a measuring stick,’ a school guidance counsellor told Kasey Edwards thirty years ago.
Well, that turned out to be a lie.
Now in her forties, Kasey reflects on how being a woman often feels like a test. One she flunks. From her body to her mothering skills, relationships and career, Kasey has managed to feel guilty about pretty much everything. And let’s not even mention the epidural, elective caesarean and baby formula.
Like most of us, she used to think that her ‘failures’ were all her fault – that she just sucked at everything. But then she realised that this whole business of being a woman has been rigged from the start. No woman ever measures up. Men have to do something really bad to be crippled by guilt. All women have to do is eat a piece of cake, raise their voice or allow their kids to play with an iPad.
In Guilt Trip, Kasey explores the shame she shouldn’t have to feel, and says out loud: ‘I am not the problem here. And neither are you.’
Amanda Hampson - Historical fiction
Author Bio: Although it took five years to write, The Olive Sisters was quickly accepted for publication and released by Penguin Books in 2005. It was a dream come true with reprint after reprint and overseas sales. In 2007 it was optioned for a movie and I had the opportunity to write the screenplay.
In 2017 my latest novel The French Perfumer was published by Penguin Random House and I’m currently working on my next book tentitively entitled Madame Mathilde.
I live in a beautiful part of the world, Sydney’s Northern Beaches and have three children (one being my son with whom I was happily reunited in 1994) and three grandchildren – all of whom are wonderful storytellers.
Stephen Whiteside - Children's poetry & verse
This collection of rhythmic, rhyming poetry by Stephen Whiteside is coupled with lovely black and white papercut illustrations by newcomer Lauren Merrick.
With galloping rhythm and snappy rhyme, Stephen Whiteside's read-aloud poems portray the Australian outdoors, sporting life and animals, as well as the domestic world of the average Aussie kid - with the odd dinosaur and Martian thrown in for good measure. Includes "The Sash", winner of the Golden Gumleaf (Children s Poem of the Year), Australian Bush Laureate Awards, 2013.After thirty years of writing poetry, and having written, probably, somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 poems, I am now branching out into other forms of writing. I have written and completed a couple of novels for children, though I am yet to find a publisher for them. I have also written short stories, and have several other novels in various states of completion.