Welcome to Wordsville. Paula is an author, freelance journalist, editor/proofreader, book reviewer and librarian. She is interested in the arts, history, publishing, all things book-related and has a special interest in women’s stories, witchcraft and its history, true crime, censorship and banned books.
Paula reads widely across genres and her work has been published by a range of publications including Books+Publishing (where she has been a reviewer for more than ten years), Inside History magazine (where she was a writer for several years), and the Newtown Review of Books. In 2016, her first co-authored book Postings from the Front: The City of Botany Bay and World War I was published.
Paula’s MA in languages and literature from the University of Sydney was in Germanic studies; her thesis was a comparative study of Kafka and Dickens. She has worked in various roles in the publishing industry (newspapers, books, magazines, including a stint as Deputy Editor of gr magazine). Writers she interviewed/wrote about for gr include Alison Goodman, Henry Rollins, Andrew Davidson, Debra Adelaide, David Rollins, Megan Abbott, and A L Kennedy. More about Paula’s published work here.
Paula loves libraries which is just as well as she has worked in them for around twenty years — that’s corporate, special, and public libraries. She is currently enjoying her local history/community engagement role at a public library and from September 2014 to January 2016 had a part-time role with Books+Publishing as Library News Journalist filing international and local library-related stories for their website on a weekly basis.
In November 2014 Paula was invited to be on a panel (in her capacity as a freelance book reviewer/book blogger) at the Small Press Network Independent Publishing Conference with SMH literary editor Susan Wyndham and Newtown Review of Books co-editor Linda Funnell. The panel was chaired by Andrea Hanke, Editor-in-chief of Books+Publishing.
Australian Women Writers Challenge
Paula first signed up to take the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2012. The Challenge involves reading and reviewing works by Australia’s wonderful women writers. In 2013 Paula became a contributing editor and wrote roundups of reviews for literary awards (including the Miles Franklin and Stella Prize) and special features. She did the same in 2014 and signed up again in 2015 when she continuted to report on the Stella Prize/Miles Franklin Award. She has a particular interest in the role public libraries can play in educating readers about gendered reading and reviewing.
The year 2013 marked 125 years of Centennial Park and to participate in the celebrations, Paula started a blog project: 125 Posts about Centennial Park. She also did a year-long writing course around the themes of belonging and place.
In 2015 – 2016, Paula participated in another year-long writing course (run by Joyce Kornblatt) around the theme of narrative structure (Following the Thread) and attended author Kate Forsyth’s Plotting and Planning Your Novel course.
While working as a local history librarian in a public library, she worked on researching and co-authoring her first book which was published in November 2016. Postings from the Front: The City of Botany Bay and World War I was a local history project made possible by an Anzac Centenary Grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affiairs. She was also production manager of this project. During this time, blogging took a back seat … normal transmission to resume soon.
In 2017, Paula is excited to be participating in Joyce Kornblatt’s year-long writing course with the theme Exile, Wandering and Homecoming and has signed up again for the Australian Women Writers Challenge.
Star ratings for books (where given) range from 1 through 5 and appear as per the Books+Publishing magazine. Books considered to be below three stars do not get a review.
★★★★★ an exceptional book of the very highest quality, regardless of genre
★★★★ an excellent book
★★★ good book, within its genre
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