Author biography: Isobel Blackthorn


Isobel Blackthorn

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific Australian novelist of dark psychological thrillers, mysteries and contemporary fiction. On the dark side are Twerk, The Cabin Sessions and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks. On the lighter side are AsylumThe Drago Tree and A Perfect Square, and the short story collection All Because of You. Soon to be published are three more novels: A Matter of Latitude, Clarissa’s Warning and The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey.

Isobel’s writing has appeared in journals and websites around the world, including Paranoia Magazine, Mused Literary Review, Backhand Stories, Fictive Dream and On Line Opinion.

Isobel’s interests are many and varied. 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 and she’s a qualified Astrologer. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, for her research on the works of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey, the ‘Mother of the New Age.’ 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 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, as Yvonne Margaret Grimble. She has since been Yvonne Rodgers, before changing her name completely in 1996 to Isobel Schofield. After a number of years as Isobel Wightman, she is now very happily and permanently Isobel Blackthorn. Isobel has lived in England, Australia, Spain and the Canary Islands. She now lives on Australia’s southern coast with her cat, Psyche.  You can find out more about her other achievements here.

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Twerk, HellBound Books, December 2018.

The Legacy of Old Gran Parks, HellBound Books, 6 April, 2018.

‘Ignominy’ in Shopping List II, HellBound Books, December, 2017.

The Cabin Sessions, HellBound Books, October 2017

The Drago Tree (Spanish edition) Odyssey Books, September 2017

‘Sorting Things Out, in Fictive Dream, May 2017

A Perfect Square, Odyssey Books, Sept 2016

Margo’s Slippers in Fictive Dream, August 2016

Twerk’  a work of flash fiction, published by Backhand Stories, July 2016

All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope, released by Odyssey Books, May 2016 (and Ginninderra Press, 2012)

The Drago Tree, released by  Odyssey Books September 2015

Asylum, Odyssey Books, May 2015

‘The Refuge’, in Mused Literary Review 21/12/2014


Dead Again by Sandi Wallace, review in Sisters in Crime Australia.

Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M Owen, my review in Sisters in Crime Australia

The Stella Prize in Shiny New Books, July 2017

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (reviewed for #AAW)

Talking Fiction – Trip Fiction, 2017

Goblin by Ever Dundas – my review in Shiny New Books, 18 May 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

Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne – book review in Shiny New Books, August 2016

Mastering the Art of Occultism in Paranoia Magazine, August 2016

Ghosts Like Us, by Inez Baranay – book review in Newtown Review of Books, June 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.

Alice A. Bailey’s Door of Perception in Consequentiality Vol II: Mythology, Theology, Ontology, EHC, Talahassee, 2006, pp. 19-38.

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 ConsciousnessPhD Thesis, University of Western Sydney, 2006.












7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Isobel. This is Rod from Facebook. I’ve read the two pieces you tagged (thank you), and have various thoughts, but Facebook is not really the place to express them. I’m sorry you live so far away – I’m based in Melbourne – because it would be nice to have a good yak about the various issues over a bottle or two! Failing that, however, we could try email. I hope your writing is progressing well.

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