So it’s funny, publication day sort of passed me by yesterday. As my story in this gorgeous anthology is a riff on Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife from the point of view of the snake it’s appropriate I was too busy preparing our home and property against bushfire to take note. Bushfire is one of the main hazards the drover’s wife has to battle. We love a sunburnt country eh?
Once Upon a Time in Oz presents new stories by renowned writers including Cate Kennedy, Arnold Zable, Ali Alizadeh, Tony Birch, Marion Halligan, Margo Lanagan and Bruce Pascoe. Other writers including Kate Forsyth, Michelle Law, Jane Sullivan, Lucy Sussex and John Bryson examine through essay and memoir some of the mysteries of storytelling. And David Rowe takes us ‘Down the Abbott Hole’ in a cartoon essay. Once Upon a Time in Oz features Carmel Bird as contributing editor.
There are launches around the country for this book. If you’re in Sydney, I’d love to see you at the Sydney launch.