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“My name’s Kate Gordon and I’m reading from my novel Thyla published by Random House Australia in 2011.
My name is Tessa.
It was the one thing I knew for certain, the one word that stood lonely in my head when the lights were turned on.
The lights were so bright they were like darkness. My eyes watered. It felt as though they were bleeding.
I opened my mouth, and what I wanted to be a scream came out as a whimper. It sounded foreign and I felt myself thinking, I don’t whimper.
And so that was the second thing I knew.
Beyond that, there was nothingness.
Hot tears tumbled down my face and I wanted to push them back in.
I don’t cry, either.
I was warm. Too warm. I could feel something bearing down on me – at once soft and horribly heavy – and another word joined Tessa in my mind, as if the words were small creatures meeting together.
And then, I don’t like blankets.
And so now I knew four things.
But the rest was deafening emptiness.
I didn’t know where I was.
I didn’t know how I got there.
I didn’t know who I was, beyond my name, and that I didn’t like blankets.
I didn’t know who the other people in the room were. They hadn’t spoken yet, but I knew they were there. I could smell them. I could hear their shallow breathing. I could feel their fear.
Somehow this comforted me.
They are scared too, I thought. I fought through the pain, and I opened my eyes
wide again and sat up.
‘Who am I?’ I asked.
And the woman screamed.”
ABOUT KATE GORDON:
Kate Gordon grew up in a small town by the sea in Tasmania.
In 2009, she won a Varuna fellowship, which led to all sorts of lovely writer things happening.
Kate’s first book, Three Things About Daisy Blue was published by Allen and Unwin in 2010. Her second book, Thyla, was published by Random House Australia in April 2011 and her third book, Vulpi, will be in bookshops in March 2012!
Now, Kate lives in the big city. She fills her house with books, perfects her oven-baked-chip-cooking technique, listens to music you can headbang to, cuddles her cat, Mephy Danger Gordon, and she writes.
2009: Recipient of Varuna Longlines consultation for my work “Dear Sally Sunshine”. Unfortunately, this novel didn’t make it out into the wide world, but it did allow me to find an agent and my first publisher!
2010: Three Things About Daisy Blue. Published by Allen and Unwin, Australia.
2011: Thyla. Published by Random House Australia.
2012: Vulpi. Published by Random House Australia.
Agent: Nanette Halliday. 33 Alexander Street Largs Bay SA 5016. Australia Phone 08 8242 7935 — Fax: 08 8242 4932. Email: email@example.com
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