The School of Arts and Humanities at ECU is proud to be supporting the launch of the forthcoming novel debut Bloodlines by PhD candidate Nicole Sinclair. Nicole, who is currently studying in ECU’s South West Arts program, wrote Bloodlines as part of her Doctor of Philosophy creative work, which is currently under examination. Supervised by Dr Donna Mazza and Honorary Associate Professor Richard Rossiter, Bloodlines, was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle 2014 T.A.G Hungerford Award and is now being published, for release in early March, by Margaret River Press.
Bloodlines is inspired by two places which hold great significance for Nicole: the wheatbelt farm she grew up on and her time as a volunteer on an island in PNG. A layered novel, it features shifting settings, times and voices. The narrative centres around thirty-one-year-old Beth who is escaping her past when she flees to an island in Papua New Guinea, and is quickly immersed in the wonder, beauty and brutalities of island life. Interspersed with this, is the story of her parents’ love for each other decades earlier: a passionate union devastated by tragedy. Bloodlines is a novel about family and love, cultural difference and belonging.
Nicole’s work has been published in The Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, indigo Journal and Award Winning Australian Writing, and is part of the artworks along Busselton Jetty. Her short fiction has won the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award and the Down South Writers Competition. She began writing Bloodlines in 2011 as a single woman, and in the process of completing the novel, was married, had two daughters and lived in Margaret River, Donnybrook and now Northcliffe. She gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of an APA Scholarship, ECU Research Excellence Award and Paid Maternity Leave granted during the writing of Bloodlines, and for the invaluable support offered by her supervisors and fellow ECU writing colleagues.
Bloodlines will be launched by Susan Midalia, editor for Margaret River Press, at Maker + Co in Bunbury on Friday, 3 March, 2017.
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Date: Friday, 3 March, 2017
Venue: Maker + Co, 75b Victoria Avenue, South Bunbury
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