'The author has that special quality which just jumps off the page. The voice is strong and the sense of place so powerful.'
'The Tale of Lake Pedder'
Are reasons of human emotion and sentiment a sufficient basis on which to argue for the restoration of Tasmania's long-lost Lake Pedder? In this essay, published in the Tasmanian Land Conservancy's exquisite anthology Breathing Space, Danielle debates this question with herself.
A sly, cheeky and blackly comic quartet of long stories with fairytale motifs stitched into their seams. This catalogue of mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death brings the mothers of the Brothers Grimm into the here and now.
Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh
The true story of Tasmania's most famous domestic goddess, and the woman rumoured to have been the inspiration behind Dame Edna Everage. Shortlisted for the 2012 Waverley Library Nib Award for excellence in research.
Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls
A charming and thoroughly modern-day Scheherazade, Rosie shares with us her piquant and engaging views on life and love, marriage and mating, desire and destiny as she tackles the sometimes thorny business of making her way through life.
The Alphabet of Light and Dark
Melding personal, family and colonial history, Wood's evocative and lyrical prose explores the past and place, searching and belonging, love, loss and grief. The Alphabet of Light and Dark is more than an historical novel; it's a novel about history. Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2002.
Deep South: Stories from Tasmania
Spanning two centuries of writing, this collection brings together the finest stories about Tasmania. Twenty-four diverse and fascinating short works showcase the island’s colonial past, its darkness and humour, and the unique beauty and savagery of its landscape.
Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text
‘[Island Story] is like a carefully curated exhibition, designed to stimulate and provoke…There is so much of interest here…A satisfying feast of Tasmaniana.’ The Mercury
'All Kinds of Fur' (South of the Sun)
A particularly nasty little story based on the Grimm brothers' tale of the same name, 'All Kinds of Fur' was published in South of the Sun alongside a beautiful illustration by Sarah Hart.
'relinquish' (Hecate 45.1&2)
A prose poem for mothers and daughters, published in the feminist literary journal, Hecate.
'The Good Mother' (Inviting Interruptions)
Originally the prologue to Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls, this cheeky rant has been included in an international anthology Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the Twenty-First Century.
'Apple Suite' (Island magazine, 161)
Inspired by the photographic collection housed in the supper room of the Glen Huon Hall, 'Apple Suite' is series of monologues telling stories from a once-prosperous fruit-growing district.
'Getting Your Eye In': the launch of Breathing Space
Keeping the conversation alive
Why we (must) fight
In the winter of 1972, Lake Pedder drowned. A jewel of Tasmania's southwest wilderness, the lake – along with its iconic pink sand beach – was inundated as part of a hydro-electric scheme. The fight to save the lake attracted worldwide attention and gave rise to the first green political party in the world. Danielle's current project, 'Pink Sand', is a novel-in-progress exploring the human history of Lake Pedder – a place that lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to see it, and those who can only imagine its beauty. (Picture credit: Don Weston)