I’m looking forward to being Guest Speaker for the August Literary Luncheon of the Society of Women Writers NSW, at the State Library of NSW. In Too close to home; or not close enough, I’ll be discussing the research behind the writing of Promising Azra. You don’t need to be a member of the Society of Women Writers to come along – you can find details about booking here.
That got your attention, didn’t it? No, this is not the title of the sequel. I’m not telling where she goes yet… But I am delighted that there is buzz around Azra in various bookshops in New Zealand, and I dropped in for a signing at the fabulous Women’s Bookshop in Auckland. Every shelf is purple!
In Leicester I attended Karma Nirvana’s Women Empowerment Roadshow, and met my hero, Jasvinder Sanghera. As you can see, we swapped books, and I’m holding Shame, her own story of escaping a forced marriage.
Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s A Tour in Circuits, Through the Island of Great Britain (1724-1727), my current novel in progress is set in European marshland. Research is well underway, and here is some of the scenery.
Advance Reading Copies of Promising Azra have just been printed for the book reps, as the date for the Real Thing edges closer… Books in store 27 July 2016! Stay tuned for details of the Sydney launch.
Promising Azra is my first novel. It was inspired by an article in the Australian in 2012, about Dr Eman Sharobeem’s work in preventing the forced marriages of Sydney teenagers. Until I started my research for the book, I was unaware that child marriage is a growing issue in Australia, the UK, the US, and in many other countries around the world.
This project was a family collaboration, exploring the transmission (and loss) of culture through generations and displacement. A series of poems by my mother, sister, daughter and myself records our impressions of ‘Hungarian-ness’.