G’day Brisbane! Here for a first in my life: my first author event on home turf. Beside myself to reunite with my publisher Catherine (3rd city together in 10 days!), and to meet booksellers (rockstars) from local bookshops (utopias). For now, a moment of peace with an old jacaranda friend. Memories of wagging school or uni to come up to Brisbane to drink good coffee and visit favourite book nooks, fawning over the shelves and aching for the book I hadn’t written to be one of them. 15/20/25/30 year old me wouldn’t just be bloody proud; she’d be downright flabbergasted. I can’t help but feel pretty smug about being cool in her eyes, but most of all humbled with gratitude for her shoulders, on which I stand.
Here we go, wildflowers.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.