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First Chapters Q&A with Sonia Orchard

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Sonia Orchard is the author of Something More Wonderful and The Virtuoso, which won the Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction of 2009.  She has a PhD in Creative Writing and lives in the Macedon Ranges with her husband and three children.
Sonia will be reading from her new novel Into the Fire at First Chapters on Friday 3 May.





1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?
Intothe Fire is the story of a female friendship, remembered by one of the women – Lara – shortly after her friend’s mysterious death in a house fire. In some ways, it’s an examination of some of the complexities of modern womanhood – balancing career and motherhood, gender politics, factional feminism – and the choices women make and the ramifications of these choices. The excerpt I’m reading is set after the first real rift in the women’s friendship – when Alice (Lara’s friend) becomes a mother, and Lara is struggling with her confl…

First Chapters Q&A with Saradha Koirala

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Saradha Koirala is a Nepali/Pakeha writer and poet from Aotearoa.  She teaches English, Literature and Creative Writing in Melbourne.  She is the author of three poetry collections and a teen novel.  Koirala also writes literature reviews and has interviewed international authors and covered events such as the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.  
Saradha will be reading from her book of poetry Photos of the Sky for us at First Chapters on Friday 3 May.

1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a chapter from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the chapter you have chosen?
My latest book is a collection of poetry, so I thought I would read the first 8-10 poems (they’re quite short). The book is in four sections and the first is titled ‘Reach’ as in to stretch out for something. The section contains poems I wrote while still living in Wellington, but starting to long to move over to Melbourne. The first few are very Wellingtony – weather and hills and isolation – a…