Isobel Blackthorn is an Australian author and educator. Her acclaimed novels Asylum (2015), The Drago Tree (2015) and A Perfect Square (2017), are all published by Odyssey Books, along with her short story collection All Because of You (2017), previously released by Ginninderra Press in 2012. A Spanish translation of The Drago Tree will be released by Odyssey Books in August 2017. In 2018, Odyssey Books will be releasing three more of her titles. 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 received her PhD in 2006 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, 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 and Newtown Review of Books. She talks regularly about books on radio.
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. She has lived in England, Australia, Spain and the Canary Islands. She currently lives near Melbourne with her daughter and her cat, Psyche. She is currently at work on three novels, and an intriguing biography.
The Texts of Alice A Bailey: An Inquiry into the role of Esotericism in Transforming Consciousness, PhD Thesis, University of Western Sydney, 2006.
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.
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.
Leaving a Link, in UKWOLA One World Linking magazine, Spring 2014.
I Should Have Done Something Sooner in ABC Open, 2014
The moral descent of Australia’s policy on asylum seekers in On Line Opinion 27/11/2014
Welcome to Australia in On Line Opinion 20/02/2015
‘Silencing the lambs: Asylum seekers are a metaphor for our times.’ On Line Opinion, 24/06/2015
What’s Driving the Merciless Asylum Seeker Policies in Australia? by Catherine Wilson
Ghosts Like Us, by Inez Baranay – book review in Newtown Review of Books, June 2016
Mastering the Art of Occultism in Paranoia Magazine, August 2016
Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne – book review in Shiny New Books, August 2016
Going with the Flow: Western Esotericism and Visionary Fiction in Visionary Fiction Alliance 12 Sept 2016
Goblin by Ever Dundas – my review in Shiny New Books, 18 May 2017.
Talking Fiction – Trip Fiction, 2017.
All Because of You, a collection of short stories, Ginninderra Press, 2012
The Refuge, a short story published in Mused Literary Review 21/12/2014
Asylum released by Odyssey Books, May 2015
All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope, released by Odyssey Books, May 2016.
Margo’s Slippers, in Fictive Dream, August 2016.
A Perfect Square, Odyssey Books, Sept 2016.
Sorting Things Out, in Fictive Dream, May 2017.