A big welcome to our newest Capital Letter’s Bloggers in Residence: Penny Hanley, Rosalind Moran, Nalini Haynes and Sophie Constable. We had so many wonderful applications this round, that we’ve opened the position up to four bloggers, who will bring you a whole bunch of wonderful articles over the next six months. Have a peruse below and meet the next batch of Bloggers of Residence.
We’d also like to say a huge thank you to Matthew C Lamb and Chris Kerr for their fantastic contributions as our previous Bloggers in Residence. You’ll find their posts on the Capital Letters homepage.
Penny Hanley has been a film critic, book reviewer, artists’ model, caterer’s assistant, and deck hand on a yacht. Then after a 20 year editing career, she became a freelance writer. She has had a novel and 20 short stories published. Books commissioned include Creative Lives: Personal Papers of Australian Artists and Writers (NLA, 2009) and Inspiring Australians: The first fifty years of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (ASP, 2015). She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the Australian National University. Penny loves books, cinema, travel and dancing the Argentine tango. She blogs at http://penhanley.wordpress.com on books, writing, language and creativity.
Rosalind Moran is a student of literature and languages, and has spent much of 2015 and 2016 studying Mandarin in Taiwan. Passionate about writing, her work has been published in several short story anthologies, and she is always scribbling something or other in a variety of genres. Her additional interests include exploring etymology, working with animals, and trying to finish Ulysses. You can find more of her writing at http://ganymedesmirror.blogspot.tw
“When I was 4 years old, I discovered a large hardcover book of poetry in a corner store and my father bought it for me. Later he wanted me to read ‘Triantiwontigongolope’ by CJ Dennis. I said the poem was silly; I couldn’t possibly read a word THAT BIG so the trees and grass being purple was a great excuse. My father challenged me to think about possibilities in this strange world. I knew my disability separated me from others so I asked ‘Could I be normal in a world like that?’ He said ‘Yes’. Thus my love of genre and my passion for social justice were sown with the hope of changing the world.”
— Nalini Haynes. You can find Nalini at: her website, Dark Matter Zine,Twitter as Dark Matter Zine and as herself, Facebook as Dark Matter Zine and as herself, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr.
Sophie Constable has worked as a veterinarian and Antarctic researcher, been an expat trophy wife in the Middle East and did her PhD on health education with remote Australian Indigenous communities. Throughout, writing has remained her passion. She was awarded the NT Literary Award for her short story “Khmoc” and shortlisted in the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award for her novel Bloodline. This year she is excited to be part of the ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY program. Sophie blogs at www.dogeared.com.au.