Isobel Blackthorn is an Australian novelist. She writes across a range of genres. She is the author of Asylum (2015), The Drago Tree (2015) and A Perfect Square (2016), and the short story collection All Because of You (2016, 2012). Her dark psychological thriller/horror novel, The Cabin Sessions, marks her entry into horror.
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 and Newtown Review of Books. She talks regularly about books and writing on radio, in Australia, and in the UK 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 near Melbourne with her daughter and her cat, Psyche. She is currently at work on her second horror novel and her first works of historical fiction.
La Mareta (Spanish edition), Odyssey Books, February 2019
La Mareta, Odyssey Books, April 2018
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
All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope, released by Odyssey Books, May 2016 (and Ginninderra Press, 2012)
Asylum released by Odyssey Books, May 2015
The Refuge, a short story published 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
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
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 Consciousness, PhD Thesis, University of Western Sydney, 2006.