Time and Tide in Sarajevo
Out August 2022 in Australia with Affirm Press.
You can pre-order the book at: Booktopia, Readings, Abbey's or at your local bookstore.
Gripping and heartfelt, Time and Tide in Sarajevo asks: how do we find hope in a world that feels beyond repair?
By chance, I had the great fortune to spend a few of my formative years in Sarajevo. I was twenty-four when I arrived, and left days before my twenty-ninth birthday.
Before this book, I was initially working on a memoir about those years, which was selected for the Byron Writer’s Festival residential mentorship with Marele Day. The memoir never really communicated what I wanted to say about Sarajevo: a city rich in beauty, history, and complicated narratives.
Looking back, I can see that I needed to engage with questions that had been circling my mind since I left Sarajevo: where is our place in a world that seems beyond repair? How do we go on when we are surrounded by injustice? In a turbulent era, how can we know what’s right?
Early one morning, I was writing in a cafe and two characters emerged out of nowhere on the page: a politician and a teacher. I was confused – this wasn’t “true”. I had been an English teacher, but I hadn’t taught a politician. By the time I was running for my bus to work, I had realised I was writing fiction. I had a loose idea of the plot, multi-layered and technically quite a challenge.
It took me around four years to write the book before it was signed with the wonderful Affirm Press in Melbourne, Australia. In that time, I had a desk at Writing NSW and participated in the Hardcopy program at ACT Writers Centre. I have no doubt that the support from these fantastic organisations and the people I met through them was the difference between an idea and a manuscript.