Author biography: Isobel Blackthorn


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. Even her first novel, Nine Months of Summer, contains a touch of the magical. Isobel is at work on her fifth Canary Islands’ novel and a sweeping historical work based on her own family history. Her short story, ‘Lacquer’, appears in the esteemed A Time for Violence anthology.

The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018. Isobel was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019, for her biographical short story, ‘Nothing to Declare’. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is the winner of the Raven Awards 2019. Isobel is a judge for the Shadow Awards 2020.

Isobel writes non fiction too. Her biography Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy will be published in May 2020. Her 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 New Dawn Magazine, Paranoia, Mused Literary Review, Trip Fiction, Backhand Stories, Fictive Dream and On Line Opinion.

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 and she’s a qualified Astrologer. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, for her ground-breaking 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 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, 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 in Queensland with her cat, Psyche.  You can find out more about her other achievements here.

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A Prison in the Sun (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 3) Next Chapter Publishing 2019.

‘Nothing to Declare’ in The Adas 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 3)Next Chapter Publishing, December 2018.

A Matter of Latitude (Canary Islands Mysteries Series Book 3) Next Chapter Publishing, December 2018.

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



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.

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.











12 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.

  2. Greetings! I just want to say a hearty ‘Thank You!!’ for my Dark Retribution, Volume I: Smitty’s Calling Card book tour. The response was outstanding! The book averaged a 4 out of 5 rating from the majority of the reviewers. Several even said the story itself was almost ‘poetic’ in nature. For someone to call a dark noir novel ‘poetic’ is, for a writer like me, an outstanding accomplishment. It was wondering participating in the tour. And I certainly plan to do it again . . . and soon!

  3. Hello Isobel,
    I’ve been intensely following Alice Bailey since the 1960s. (Also, Ken Wilber, Jaime Wheal and a number of other spiritual thinkers you would recognize. Today, I’m delighted to have discovered your PhD thesis and am planning to read it cover to cover. Actually, I already started in with Chapter 5 because I was intrigued to learn about Amelia Hewman. I’ve enclosed contact info so that we can keep in touch.

    1. I’m delighted to meet you. Ah, yes, Amelia Hewman! That feels like so long ago now. Do keep in touch. I run an Alice Bailey Life and Legacy group on Facebook, and I have written her biography, which will be published in May. LLP

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