It’s wonderful to see the terrific Australian author, Kim Kelly, recently re-releasing all of her novels with an array of stunning cover images, beautifully depicting the historic themes of her writing.

Kim is the successful author of six novels about a fascinating and often forgotten aspect of Australia’s past. Her writing celebrates many of the long lost aspects of our history and she is a passionate believer in regional storytelling, highlighting our political and cultural history with extensive research, lyricism and warmth.

The Sydney Morning Herald has described her style as ‘colourful, evocative and energetic’, whilst the Melbourne Age has said: ‘Why can’t more people write like this?’ 

Kim’s first novel, Black Diamonds, has just been republished after being out of print for some time now.

Fans of her books, including myself, will be delighted to have the chance to finally read this book, set in Lithgow during a coal-mining boom and the onset of WWI. One of Kim’s later and most popular novels, Paper Daisies, is set here in Bathurst and Hill End around the time of Federation in the early 1900s.

It’s a powerful story of woman’s emancipation set amidst the limited opportunities for women’s education and advancement at that time, as well as being a beautiful story of love and family bonds. Another of her later, very beautifully written books is Wild Chicory, a stunning novel based upon her grandmother’s story and her family’s Irish ancestry.

Kim has been a great supporter of the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival since it first began in 2015.

She has run a series of highly successful writing workshops during last year for emerging writers as well as those interested in their creative selves, whether it was recording their family history or working on a memoir of their own lives as a keepsake for their family.

Her extensive experience as an editor with many of Australia’s publishing houses, along with her role as literary consultant to Varuna, the National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains, is a rich foundation for participants to draw from.

Kim will be returning to Bathurst to run two one-day writing workshops during October.

The first workshop, Getting Into Character, on Saturday 14 October, will focus on working with a character to bring out their best story potential. The second workshop, Structuring Your Story, on Saturday 21 October, will look at chapter organisation, themes and character arcs, and how these work to build a compelling storyline.

Workshops will be held at BMEC from 10am-3pm and fees are $90 full price and $70 concession or student. Bookings for the workshops can be made by contacting BooksPlus on 6331 5994 or by emailing admin@booksplus.com.au