My first novel is Time and Tide in Sarajevo and was published by Affirm Press in Australia in August 2022.
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.
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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.
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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.
August 2022, Time and Tide in Sarajevo
September 2019, Primer, 'What Being A Godmother Taught Me About Love'
May 2020, Primer, 'Meet the Adults Moving In With Their Parents During the Pandemic'
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.
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.