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'Aileen Palmer – poet, translator, political activist, adventurer – was the daughter of two writers prominent in Australian literature in the first half of the twentieth century. Vance and Nettie Palmer were well known as novelists, poets, critics and journalists, and Nettie suspected that their eldest would grow up with ‘ink in her veins’.

'Aileen certainly inherited her parents’ talents, publishing poetry, translating the work of Ho Chi Minh, and recording what she referred to as ‘semi-fictional bits of egocentric writing’. She also absorbed their interest in leftist politics, joining the Communist Party at university. This, combined with her bravery, led to participation in the Spanish Civil War and the ambulance service in London during World War II.

'The return to Australia was not easy, and Aileen never successfully reintegrated into civilian life. In Ink in Her Veins Sylvia Martin paints an honest and moving portrait in which we see a talented woman slowly brought down by war, family expectations, and psychiatric illness and the sometimes cruel ‘treatments’ common in the 20th century.' (Publication summary)

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    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      • Published March 2016
      ISBN: 9781742588254

Works about this Work

Aileen Palmer : Political Activist and 'Poet of Conscience Sylvia Martin , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 185-205)
Sylvia Martin presents an account of Aileen Palmer's life, her work and her activism and her struggle to overcome the effects of her experiences during the second World War.
Fragments Susan Lever , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 382 2016; (p. 29)

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Ink in Her Veins Review: The Sad Life of Vance and Nettie Palmer's Daughter Drusilla Modjeska , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 April 2016;

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
A Daughter's Missing Life Drusilla Modjeska , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 April 2016; (p. 30) The Age , 16-17 April 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Book Review : ‘We Need a Nice New Goddess’ Deborah Jordan , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Outskirts , November no. 35 2016;
'Let’s state the obvious. Ink in Her Veins, the Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer, poet, translator, activist, and mad woman and psychiatric patient, is a biography that should be read by every Australian feminist, every Australian gay person and should find an international readership. It’s the enthralling tale of a woman caught out in the maelstrom of her times. The stories we tell ourselves about our lives, about our choices, and about our culture profoundly shape our decisions and our actions. In many ways Ink in Her Veins is paradigmatic. Let’s first outline the bare facts of Aileen Palmer’s life as so ably marshalled by Sylvia Martin, before delving into broader questions about how we may understand our past to better frame our futures.' (Introduction)
A Daughter's Missing Life Drusilla Modjeska , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 April 2016; (p. 30) The Age , 16-17 April 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Ink in Her Veins Review: The Sad Life of Vance and Nettie Palmer's Daughter Drusilla Modjeska , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 April 2016;

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Fragments Susan Lever , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 382 2016; (p. 29)

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Phillip Hall Reviews Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer by Sylvia Martin Phillip Hall , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Writing in the Shadow : the Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Ingeborg van Teeseling , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 13 no. 3 2016; (p. 451-452)

— Review of Ink in Her Veins : The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer Sylvia Martin 2016 single work biography
Aileen Palmer : Political Activist and 'Poet of Conscience Sylvia Martin , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 185-205)
Sylvia Martin presents an account of Aileen Palmer's life, her work and her activism and her struggle to overcome the effects of her experiences during the second World War.
Book Review : ‘We Need a Nice New Goddess’ Deborah Jordan , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Outskirts , November no. 35 2016;
'Let’s state the obvious. Ink in Her Veins, the Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer, poet, translator, activist, and mad woman and psychiatric patient, is a biography that should be read by every Australian feminist, every Australian gay person and should find an international readership. It’s the enthralling tale of a woman caught out in the maelstrom of her times. The stories we tell ourselves about our lives, about our choices, and about our culture profoundly shape our decisions and our actions. In many ways Ink in Her Veins is paradigmatic. Let’s first outline the bare facts of Aileen Palmer’s life as so ably marshalled by Sylvia Martin, before delving into broader questions about how we may understand our past to better frame our futures.' (Introduction)
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