Author biography: Isobel Blackthorn
Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction. She writes dark psychological thrillers, mysteries, and contemporary and literary fiction. On the dark side are Twerk, The Cabin Sessions and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks. Her Canary Islands’ collection begins with The Drago Tree and includes A Matter of Latitude, Clarissa’s Warning and A Prison in the Sun. Her interest in the occult is explored in The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey and the dark mystery A Perfect Square. The esoteric theme pervades much of her writing. Even her first novel, Nine Months of Summer, contains a touch of the magical. Isobel is currently at work on her fifth Canary Islands’ novel and a sweeping historical work based on her own family history.
The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018. Isobel’s biographical short story ‘Nothing to Declare’ was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is the winner of the Raven Awards 2019. And A Prison in the Sun was awarded Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards LGBTQ category 2020.
Isobel writes non fiction too. She is the author of the world’s only biography of Theosophist and mother of the New Age movement Alice Bailey – Alice A. Bailey: Life & Legacy.
Isobel’s first work, which she wrote in 2008, is Voltaire’s Garden. This memoir is set in the mid 2000s and tells the story of building a sustainable lifestyle B&B in Cobargo on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, which gained international attention when a firestorm razed the idyllic historic village on New Year’s Eve 2019.
Isobel’s writing appears in journals and websites around the world, including Esoteric Quarterly, New Dawn Magazine, Paranoia, Mused Literary Review, Trip Fiction, Backhand Stories, Fictive Dream and On Line Opinion. Isobel was a judge for the Shadow Awards 2020 long fiction category.
Isobel’s interests are many and varied. She has a long-standing association with the Canary Islands, having lived in Lanzarote in the late 1980s. A humanitarian and campaigner for social justice, in 1999 Isobel founded the internationally acclaimed Ghana Link, uniting two high schools, one a relatively privileged state school located in the heart of England, the other a materially impoverished school in a remote part of the Upper Volta region of Ghana, West Africa.
Isobel has a background in Western Esotericism. She holds 1st Class Honours in Social Studies, and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking research on the works of Alice A. Bailey. After working as a teacher, market trader and PA to a literary agent, she arrived at writing in her forties, and her stories are as diverse and intriguing as her life has been.
Isobel performs her literary works at events in a range of settings, gives workshops in creative writing, and writes book reviews. Her reviews have appeared in New Dawn Magazine, Esoteric Quarterly, Shiny New Books, Sisters in Crime, Australian Women Writers, Trip Fiction and Newtown Review of Books. She talks regularly about books and writing on radio, in Australia, and on occasion in the UK and USA and Canary Islands.
British by birth, Isobel entered this world in Farnborough, Kent, She has lived in England, Australia, Spain and the Canary Islands.
The Ghost of Villa Winter (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 4), Next Chapter Publishing 2020.
A Prison in the Sun (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 3) Next Chapter Publishing 2019. Winner of the Readers’ Favorite Finalist Award LGBTQ category 2020.
‘Nothing to Declare’ in The Adas 2019. Shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019.
‘Lacquer’ in Time for Violence: Stories with an Edge, Close to the Bone, 2019.
The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey, Next Chapter Publishing, December 2018.
Clarissa’s Warning (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 2)Next Chapter Publishing, December 2018.
A Matter of Latitude (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 1) Next Chapter Publishing, December 2018.
Twerk, HellBound Books, December 2018.
The Legacy of Old Gran Parks, Next Chapter Publishing 2020, and HellBound Books 2018.
‘Ignominy’ in Shopping List II, HellBound Books, December, 2017.
The Cabin Sessions, Next Chapter Publishing 2020 and HellBound Books 2017.
The Drago Tree (Spanish edition) Odyssey Books, September 2017.
‘Sorting Things Out‘, in Fictive Dream, May 2017.
A Perfect Square, Next Chapter Publishing 2020, Odyssey Books, Sept 2016.
‘Twerk’ a work of flash fiction, published by Backhand Stories, July 2016.
All Because of You: Fifteen tales of sacrifice and hope, released by Next Chapter 2020, Odyssey Books 2016, and Ginninderra Press 2012.
Nine Months of Summer Next Chapter Publishing 2020 (formerly published as Asylum by Odyssey Books 2015.)
The Drago Tree Next Chapter Publishing 2020 and Odyssey Books 2015.
‘The Refuge’, in Mused Literary Review 21/12/2014.
Non fiction books
Voltaire’s Garden: A memoir of Cobargo Next Chapter Publishing 2020.
Alice A. Bailey: Life & Legacy
Non fiction – articles
The Hieroeidetic Power of Esoteric Teachings: Alice A. Bailey and Global Consciousness in Esoteric Quarterly Summer 2020 https://www.esotericquarterly.com/issues/EQ15/EQ1504/EQ150420-Blackthorn.pdf#page=1
‘Approaching 2025: The Destruction of Humanity or the Appearance of the Maitreya’ in New Dawn Magazine, Issue 180 May/June 2020, pp 45-47.
‘Talking Location: The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia’ in Trip Fiction
‘Alice A. Bailey: Mother of the New Age or the New World Order?’ in New Dawn Magazine April 2019
‘Alice Bailey’ in Live Encounters Magazine March 2019
Midnight Echo Issue 13, December 2018 (co-editor)
The Stella Prize in Shiny New Books, July 2017
Talking Fiction – Trip Fiction, 2017
‘Your Inner Editor is Waiting in the Wings,’ Authors Talk About It, 15 November 2017.
Going with the Flow: Western Esotericism and Visionary Fiction in Visionary Fiction Alliance 12 Sept 2016
Mastering the Art of Occultism in Paranoia Magazine, August 2016
What’s Driving the Merciless Asylum Seeker Policies in Australia? by Catherine Wilson
‘Silencing the lambs: Asylum seekers are a metaphor for our times.’ On Line Opinion, 24/06/2015
‘Welcome to Australia’ in On Line Opinion 20/02/2015
‘The moral descent of Australia’s policy on asylum seekers‘ in On Line Opinion 27/11/2014
I Should Have Done Something Sooner in ABC Open, 2014
Building Bridges: asylum seekers in rural Australia in On Line Opinion 20/10/2014
Leaving a Link, in UKWOLA One World Linking magazine, Spring 2014.
A Philosophical Community of Inquiry at Bega High School, NSW in Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of Philosophy in Education, 2007 Vol 15, No. 2, pp. 61-76.
Introduction: Consciousness and Interconnectedness (with Dena Hurst) in Consequentiality Vol II: Mythology, Theology, Ontology, EHC, Talahassee, 2006, pp. 1-18.
The Texts of Alice A Bailey: An Inquiry into the role of Esotericism in Transforming Consciousness, PhD Thesis, University of Western Sydney, 2006.