49 min

Rest, recovery and writing with Bronwyn Birdsall, author of 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo‪'‬ James and Ashley Stay at Home

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Author Bronwyn Birdsall joins us to discuss the writing of her first novel, 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo,' and her life after chronic fatigue syndrome. We discuss living with a mindset of rest and recovery, moving overseas and reinventing yourself, and the question at the heart of the book – how do we find hope in a world that feels beyond repair?  
As always, nothing in this episode is intended as medical advice. 
Bronwyn Birdsall grew up in Sydney. At the age of twenty-four, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an English teacher. The four years she spent there provided the inspiration for 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo.' Her writing centres around contemporary life and finding meaning in the everyday. She writes from her home on Bundjalung Country, in Northern New South Wales.
Books and authors discussed in this episode:
Sarah Sentilles;  Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski; Indelible City by Louisa Lim;  The Writer Laid Bare by Lee Kofman;   Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti;  A Kind of Magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan;  The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis;  The Whispering by Veronica Lando  Get your copy of 'Tide and Tide in Sarajevo' from your local bookshop, Booktopia or wherever else good books are sold. 
James' novel 'Denizen' is out now! Learn more about it and buy your copy here. 
Upcoming events:
James: Author talk at Taree Library, Friday 26 August 2022, 11am-12pm, free, RSVP here.   James: Author talk at Port Macquarie Library, Saturday 27 August 2022, 10:30-11:30am, free, RSVP here.   James and Ashley: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Saturday 3 September, 9.30-5pm. James: BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival 2022, 'Three Prizewinners Walk into a Bar...' Friday 9 September, 3-4pm. Ashley is teaching The Joy of Creative Writing, Tuesday 30 August, 7.45-9pm, online via Zoom. Ashley's new six-week course Online: Creative Non-Fiction takes place Monday 31 October to Friday 9 December 2022, through Writing NSW.  Get in touch!
Ashley's website: ashleykalagianblunt.com Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt Ashley's Instagram: @akalagianblunt James' website: jamesmckenziewatson.com James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson James' Instagram: @jamesmcwatson

Author Bronwyn Birdsall joins us to discuss the writing of her first novel, 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo,' and her life after chronic fatigue syndrome. We discuss living with a mindset of rest and recovery, moving overseas and reinventing yourself, and the question at the heart of the book – how do we find hope in a world that feels beyond repair?  
As always, nothing in this episode is intended as medical advice. 
Bronwyn Birdsall grew up in Sydney. At the age of twenty-four, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an English teacher. The four years she spent there provided the inspiration for 'Time and Tide in Sarajevo.' Her writing centres around contemporary life and finding meaning in the everyday. She writes from her home on Bundjalung Country, in Northern New South Wales.
Books and authors discussed in this episode:
Sarah Sentilles;  Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski; Indelible City by Louisa Lim;  The Writer Laid Bare by Lee Kofman;   Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti;  A Kind of Magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan;  The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis;  The Whispering by Veronica Lando  Get your copy of 'Tide and Tide in Sarajevo' from your local bookshop, Booktopia or wherever else good books are sold. 
James' novel 'Denizen' is out now! Learn more about it and buy your copy here. 
Upcoming events:
James: Author talk at Taree Library, Friday 26 August 2022, 11am-12pm, free, RSVP here.   James: Author talk at Port Macquarie Library, Saturday 27 August 2022, 10:30-11:30am, free, RSVP here.   James and Ashley: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Saturday 3 September, 9.30-5pm. James: BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival 2022, 'Three Prizewinners Walk into a Bar...' Friday 9 September, 3-4pm. Ashley is teaching The Joy of Creative Writing, Tuesday 30 August, 7.45-9pm, online via Zoom. Ashley's new six-week course Online: Creative Non-Fiction takes place Monday 31 October to Friday 9 December 2022, through Writing NSW.  Get in touch!
Ashley's website: ashleykalagianblunt.com Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt Ashley's Instagram: @akalagianblunt James' website: jamesmckenziewatson.com James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson James' Instagram: @jamesmcwatson

49 min