Podcast: An Author, Her Book and Her Life with Kristina Olsson

Podcast: An Author, Her Book and Her Life with Kristina Olsson

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This week, Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning author Kristina Olsson to discuss her latest novel Shell, a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia’s history. Together they discuss Australia’s rich and colourful past, and Kristina’s astounding career as both a journalist and writer.

Podcast guest: Kristina Olsson 

Kristina Olsson is a journalist and the award-winning author of the novels Shell, In One Skin, and The China Garden, and two works of nonfiction, Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir and Kilroy was Here. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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                  Synopsis

                  Everywhere he looked he saw what Utzon saw. The drama of harbour and horizon, and at night, the star-clotted sky. It held the shape of the possible, of a promise made and waiting to be kept ...In 1965, as Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart.Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women’s pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon’s towering masterpiece.In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change though the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.And it reminds us why taking a side matters.
                  Kristina Olsson
                  About the author

                  Kristina Olsson

                  Kristina was born in 1956 and raised in Brisbane of Swedish and Australian heritage. She studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for The Australian, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review.She has also worked as an advisor to government and as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary and community level. She supervises and mentors several post-graduate writing students and also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.University of Queensland Press published her first novel, In One Skin, in 2001. This was  followed by Kilroy Was Here  in 2005 and The China Garden in 2009. Boy, Lost, a family memoir, was published by UQP in March 2013.Kristina has two adult children, as well as three grandchildren. She lives in Brisbane.

                  Books by Kristina Olsson

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