Author Denise Leith talks to Cheryl about her travels through the Middle East, shares some stories about her time there, and reveals how it shaped her new novel, The Night Letters.
About the author:
Denise Leith is a Sydney author and former lecturer of International Relations, and Middle East politics at Macquarie University. Her debut novel, What Remains (Allen & Unwin, 2012) was shortlisted for the Asher Award and the Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards – Christina Stead Award. She has also published two non-fiction works, The Politics of Power (University of Hawaii Press, 2002), and Bearing Witness: the Lives of War Correspondents and Photojournalists (Random House Australia, 2004). Denise’s work has involved extensive travel, including time in an AIDS hospital in South Africa, in a refugee camp in the Middle East and in an isolated village in the mountains of West Papua. Denise has spent a number of years mentoring Afghan women in fiction and non-fiction. She currently resides on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.