About

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Isobel Blackthorn is an Australian author and educator. Her 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 September 2017.  In December 2017, HellBound Books are releasing her dark psychological thriller,  ‘The Cabin Sessions.’  In 2018, Odyssey Books will be releasing La Mareta, the sequel to The Drago Tree.

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 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 work of historical fiction.

Join her on Facebook  and Twitter or get in touch via her contact page

Publications:

Non-fiction

The Texts of Alice A Bailey: An Inquiry into the role of Esotericism in Transforming ConsciousnessPhD 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.

Building Bridges: asylum seekers in rural Australia in On Line Opinion 20/10/2014

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.

Fiction

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

The Drago Tree, released by  Odyssey Books September 2015

All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope, released by Odyssey Books, May 2016.

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

Margo’s Slippers in Fictive Dream, August 2016.

A Perfect Square, Odyssey Books, Sept 2016.

Sorting Things Out, in Fictive Dream, May 2017.

4 Comments

  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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