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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Beneath the Grace of Clouds
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'Beneath the Grace of Clouds tells a history of Australia through the eyes of three extraordinary women. Their stories unfold in an intriguing fact-fiction tapestry that begins with the First Fleet and reaches its resolution at the dawn of the new millennium. It is the story of Elizabeth, who at 12 years of age is convicted of theft and transported to Australia on the Lady Penrhyn. It is the story of Booron, a resourceful young girl from the Eora nation, whose life was changed forever by the arrival of the British. And it is the personal journey of Janie...uncovering long-held family secrets in a search for identity, superimposed over life's loves, disappointments and triumphs, including brushes with stardom and celebrity.' (Publisher's abstract)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Federal, Bexhill - Federal area, Lismore area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales,: Cockatoo Books , ca. 2010 .
      Extent: 219p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 212-217)
      ISBN: 9780646538396 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

On Becoming Lillie Bloom Janie Conway-Herron , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 77 no. 2 2018;

'There’s a story I’ve often told over the years, about a cross roads I came to at a difficult point in my life many years ago. In this story I describe how, as a young single mother of a fourteen-year-old boy, I made some important changes in my life. I’d tell this story during orientation week at Southern Cross University (SCU) where I have taught creative writing for more than two decades. As part of a pitch to expectant groups of new students I’d describe how, after a being a musician in a rock band, I needed to get a proper job and how I’d applied to come to university so as to do just that. My juxtaposition of rock musician and proper job was designed to make the students laugh, and to put them at ease. Then I’d tell them about my second career, – the trajectory from undergraduate student to teacher of creative writing – hoping that I might inspire some of the new students to take up a writing life of one sort or other. Over the last two decades, I’ve taught creative writing to thousands of students. Not all have become published writers, but the majority, I would hope, have learnt a set of writing skills, from the team of teachers in the writing department at SCU, that have assisted them greatly in articulating their chosen worlds through the written word.' (Introduction)

Where We Come From Enza Gandolfo , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , April vol. 15 no. 1 2011;

— Review of Beneath the Grace of Clouds Janie Conway-Herron , 2010 single work novel
Where We Come From Enza Gandolfo , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , April vol. 15 no. 1 2011;

— Review of Beneath the Grace of Clouds Janie Conway-Herron , 2010 single work novel
On Becoming Lillie Bloom Janie Conway-Herron , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 77 no. 2 2018;

'There’s a story I’ve often told over the years, about a cross roads I came to at a difficult point in my life many years ago. In this story I describe how, as a young single mother of a fourteen-year-old boy, I made some important changes in my life. I’d tell this story during orientation week at Southern Cross University (SCU) where I have taught creative writing for more than two decades. As part of a pitch to expectant groups of new students I’d describe how, after a being a musician in a rock band, I needed to get a proper job and how I’d applied to come to university so as to do just that. My juxtaposition of rock musician and proper job was designed to make the students laugh, and to put them at ease. Then I’d tell them about my second career, – the trajectory from undergraduate student to teacher of creative writing – hoping that I might inspire some of the new students to take up a writing life of one sort or other. Over the last two decades, I’ve taught creative writing to thousands of students. Not all have become published writers, but the majority, I would hope, have learnt a set of writing skills, from the team of teachers in the writing department at SCU, that have assisted them greatly in articulating their chosen worlds through the written word.' (Introduction)

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