Podcast: The Healing Magic of Writing with Shirley Patton

Podcast: The Healing Magic of Writing with Shirley Patton

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This week Cheryl is joined by Shirley Patton to discuss her debut novel The Secrets We Keep – a book about dark pasts, family betrayal, and political corruption. Together they talk about Shirley’s history of academic writing, the events that inspired her to turn to fiction writing, and the reflective and healing powers of fiction.

 

Podcast guest: Shirley Patton

Dr Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her partner and a miniature schnauzer, in wine-growing country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania. She left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence and a lecturer to write fiction full time. Since then, she has published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, Shirley worked in the media as a television newsreader and television chat show host.

 

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                      Publisher details

                      The Secrets We Keep
                      Author
                      Nova Weetman
                      Publisher
                      UQP
                      Genre
                      Children’s Fiction
                      Released
                      01 April, 2016

                      Synopsis

                      I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else . . .Clem Timmins has lost everything – her clothes, her possessions, her house and her mum. Now living in a tiny flat with her dad, Clem has to start a new school and make new friends.On her first day, Clem tells Ellie that her mum died in a house fire and immediately regrets it when Ellie latches on and confides that her own mother is dying of cancer.When Clem receives a letter she doesn't want to read, it becomes clear she can't run from her past forever, especially when the truth appears right in front of her face.
                      Shirley Patton
                      About the author

                      Shirley Patton

                      Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her partner and a miniature schnauzer, in wine-growing country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania. She left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence and a lecturer to write fiction full time. Since then, she has published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, Shirley worked in the media as a television newsreader and television chat show host. Like one of the characters in The Secrets We Keep, Shirley's Irish great grandmother read tea leaves.

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