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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Isobelle Carmody
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'Isobelle Carmody is an inventive and extraordinarily popular writer. When it comes to Australian fantasy fiction, there is no bigger name. I recorded this chat with Isobelle at the State Library of Victoria, after Isobelle had spent the weekend at Comic Con' (Introduction)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)


fantasy, philosophy, the process of writing

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Literacy


  • Show notes

    • Isobelle is a regular guest at Comic Con, and we interviewed her in the middle of Comic Con in Melbourne in 2017.
    • Isobelle remembers the impact C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia had on her as a child, as well as Hugh Lofting’s Dr Dolittle. But it was Enid Blyton's The Land of Far Beyond (a retelling of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress) that had the most profound impact on her psyche, and on her development as a writer.
    • For her PhD, Isobelle is interviewing Ursula Le Guin, and has been granted access to her papers and letters.
    • Isobelle discusses cultural appropriation, and the work of James Moloney.
    • And of course, Isobelle shares her thoughts on J. K. Rowling, and how Harry Potter opened up a way of thinking about books that didn't exist before.


  • Transcript available on website.

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    y separately published work icon The Garret : 2017 Nic Brasch (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2017 14750868 2017 series - publisher interview

    A literary podcast and transcript by writers for writers about writers.

    Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2017

    Posted 21 September 2017.

Last amended 4 Oct 2018 12:48:21