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About Me.

My first novel is Time and Tide in Sarajevo and was published by Affirm Press in Australia in August 2022.

You can purchase the book at your local bookstore, a comprehensive list is here. Or request it at your local library


I'm a writer based on Bundjalung Country, on the Far North Coast of NSW. For international friends, imagine the most easterly point of the continent. I love story, whether in a book, film or sitting around a kitchen table listening to a friend. One day I started writing a story I couldn't stop, a story that I'm delighted is now on bookshop and library shelves.

I also have a new free newsletter called One Sentence at a Time about creative practice.

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Author Bio - Long

Bronwyn Birdsall grew up in Sydney, Australia. At the age of twenty-four, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an English teacher. The four years she spent there provided the inspiration for her first novel, Time and Tide in Sarajevo (Affirm Press, 2022). Her writing centres around contemporary life and finding meaning in the everyday.


Bronwyn writes from her home on Bundjalung Country, in Northern New South Wales.

Author Bio - Short

Bronwyn Birdsall is a writer based in the Northern Rivers. Time and Tide in Sarajevo is her first novel.

Author Photo

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Book cover

Download high-res cover of Time and Tide in Sarajevo here.

50 word Synopsis of Book

Evelyn is teaching English in Sarajevo. Over a few days, she faces an impossible decision, one that puts her students’ ambitions and her friendships at risk. Gripping and heartfelt, Time and Tide in Sarajevo asks: how do we find hope in a world that feels beyond repair?

Full synopsis here.

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Ridiculously dreamy set up for Day 1 of Intro2Industry, the second weekend of #hardcopyAUS
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​Published Works

Programs & Awards:

  • 2019, shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards. 

  • 2018, HARDCOPY, ACT Writers’s national professional development program for emerging Australian writers. 

  • 2017, runner up in the Nancy Fairfax Writer in Residence competition (Byron Writers Festival)

  • 2013, Byron Writers Festival's Residential Mentorship program with Marele Day.

You can see me talk more about the HARDCOPY experience here and here

I also had a desk at Writing NSW for two years, 2018-2020. I have no doubt that the programs and opportunities through Byron Writers Festival, ACT Writers and Writing NSW was the difference between an idea for a book and a completed manuscript. 

I'm currently working on my second novel, and a collection of non-fiction essays.

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