Aug 23, 2022
Author Bronwyn Birdsall joins us to discuss the writing of her
first novel, 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo,' and her life after
chronic fatigue syndrome. We discuss living with a mindset of rest
and recovery, moving overseas and reinventing yourself, and the
question at the heart of the book – how do we find hope in a world
that feels beyond repair?
As always, nothing in this episode is intended as medical
Bronwyn Birdsall grew up in Sydney. At the age of twenty-four,
she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an
English teacher. The four years she spent there provided the
inspiration for 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo.' Her writing centres
around contemporary life and finding meaning in the everyday. She
writes from her home on Bundjalung Country, in Northern New South
Books and authors discussed in this episode:
- Sarah Sentilles;
- Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski;
- Indelible City by Louisa Lim;
- The Writer Laid Bare by Lee Kofman;
- Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti;
- A Kind of Magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan;
- The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis;
- The Whispering by Veronica Lando
Get your copy of 'Tide and Tide in Sarajevo' from
your local bookshop, Booktopia or
wherever else good books are sold.
James' novel 'Denizen' is out now! Learn more about it and buy
your copy here.
- James: Author talk at Taree Library, Friday 26 August 2022,
- James: Author talk at Port Macquarie Library, Saturday 27
August 2022, 10:30-11:30am, free,
- James and Ashley: Writers
Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Saturday 3
- James: BAD Sydney Crime
Writers Festival 2022, 'Three Prizewinners Walk into a Bar...'
Friday 9 September, 3-4pm.
- Ashley is teaching
The Joy of Creative Writing, Tuesday 30 August, 7.45-9pm,
online via Zoom.
- Ashley's new six-week course
Online: Creative Non-Fiction takes place Monday 31 October
to Friday 9 December 2022, through Writing NSW.
Get in touch!