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Felicity Pulman

Author

Felicity’s stories reflect her passion for history (both Australian history and medieval England) and her fascination with the unknown in our world: time travel, ghosts and reincarnation.

Where were you born?

I was born in a small town in the wilds of Africa – in Fort Victoria (now known as Masvingo) in Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe).

What other jobs have you had?

I was once a waitress in a bistro in London – for one night. It was a disaster! I’ve worked as a window dresser in Zimbabwe, a secretary in the UK, a sub-editor in South Africa and Australia, and a DJ for 2MBS, the classical music radio station – music is one of the things I’m passionate about.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Identity and belonging; courage in a crisis, courage to overcome adversity; exploration of the unknown in our world; and exploring and uncovering the past – myths, legends and history.

What have been the highlights in your career?

Going back to school aged 40 to do the HSC (and finding out that yes, I really do have a brain!) Going on to do a BA in Communications at UTS and rediscovering my love for writing stories. Holding my first published book in my hand. Sharing my stories and love of writing with adults and students in talks and writing workshops.

Where have your works been published?

Australia / New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and Germany.

What are you passionate about?

Telling stories. And reading them. As a child growing up in a small town, books were my window to the world. They told me about other countries, Otherworlds, and what it means to be human. I loved being swept away into the unknown: there to encounter assorted dramas and disasters along with the need to find the best way through. This is the legacy I’d like to leave for others. I’m also passionate about my family. And did I mention chocolate?

Haven’t I seen you before?

I’ve spoken about my books and/or conducted workshops at writers’ festivals, schools and various organizations and societies in NSW, Vic, SA and WA. But maybe I met you in a previous life in medieval England?

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I love how the past informs the present; I love exploring history and old legends (like the legend of King Arthur), reading between the lines, fossicking through the ‘cracks’ and coming up with new insights, interpretations, explanations; a new way of reading the past.

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