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Schadenvale Road is a place that exists in all the secret hearts. In these stories, old women rebel, God is chained but breaks free, lovers accidentally kill each other, friends are saviours and the world is seriously never quite serious.
One of Australia's most accomplished short fiction authors, Mansell will penetrate your defences and provoke you to reflect on issues that are never easy but ones we need to confront.
Chris Mansell has written six books of poetry and a number of other smaller collections. She has published non-fiction books and had a number of plays performed. Her children's book, Little Wombat, was a favourite of many children. She has worked as a writer and editor for all of her professional life and is skilled at working with new writers. She has been writer in residence at universities, and lectured in writing at others, and been editor in residence with the Royal Australian Historical Society.
Her latest book is Letters (Kardoorair Press, 2009). Recent collections include Love Poems (Kardoorair, 2006), The Fickle Brat (Text + Audio CD, IP Digital), Day Easy Sunlight Fine (Penguin) and Mortifications & Lies (Kardoorair Press, 2005).
Chris Mansell has worked with many writers throughout Australia Council mentorship programs as well as teaching writing. A prize-winning poet in her own right, she has won the Queensland Premier's Award and been short-listed for both the national Book Council Award and the NSW Premier's Award.