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Tobsha Learner was born and raised in England; she now divides her time between Australia, the UK and the USA. She is well known in Australia as an author and playwright.


My aim is to move the reader emotionally and to illuminate along the way. Many of my narratives tend to have epic plotlines – ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances. I originally trained as a sculptor, and I believe this visual sensibility is apparent in the vividness of many of the scenes and locations I describe, and in the physical tension between and around characters, whether in prose or script. I am interested in relationship – the fantastic and the political, redemption and moral ambiguity. As a writer I aspire toward creating great characterisation that makes landscape visceral.

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