Kim Westwood was born in Sydney, but re-located to New Zealand soon after and remained there for several years. Her family then returned to Australia and lived in Dubbo. Westwood is a graduate of the inaugural Clarion South workshop, and a recipient of the Varuna Writer's Fellowship.
The Courier's New Bicycle2011single work novel science fiction fantasy 'Salisbury Forth is a courier of contraband in the alleyways of inner Melbourne, a city of fuel rationing, rolling power outages and curfews.
'It′s a stressful life, post-pandemic. A vaccine dispensed Australia-wide is causing mass infertility, and the government has banned all remedies except prayer.
'Vigilantes prowl for transgressors while the pious gather like moths under the streetlights at dusk. Then someone starts trading tainted hormones on the boss's patch. Salisbury must find whoever is trying to destroy the business before everything goes belly up ...' (From the publisher's website.)
'In a world torn asunder, a small corner of Australia is having a chaotic rebirth.
'Eustace Crane II and his Followers of Nathaniel, the begrudging custodians of a ravaged landscape, are harvesting the genetically modified blood of the captive Daughters of Moab - because the Daughters, unlike the Nathans, have an unnatural abundance of good health.
'Assumpta Viali likes her solitude. But her boss, the crotchety Eustace, has other plans for her time and sends her to track an escaped captive, Easter. The hunter and the hunted forge an uneasy alliance, joined by Angus O'Connell, a Nathan with questionable motives. While Assumpta returns to the site of her community, destroyed long ago, Easter realises the perils of her lineage ... and Angus finds hope in the most unlikely of places.
'Driven by loss, and the search for home in an unpredictable new world, each of them must ultimately decide who to trust, and where they belong.' (Publisher's blurb)