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Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2023

I am delighted to be attending Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival in June. I’ll be in conversation about Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here with the wonderful Mel Kembrey on Saturday June 10th and I’ll be interviewing the extraordinary Heather Mitchell and Akuch Kuol Anyieth about Life and Words on Sunday June 11th. Plus a surprise […]

Melbourne Writers Festival – May 7th

I’ll be in conversation with Jacinta Parsons talking about Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here and the writing life with fellow author Kate Legge  (Infidelity and Other Affairs) on Sunday, May 7th at the State Library of Victoria. Come along! Update: So sorry to be unable to attend this one due to unforseen circumstances. Thank you […]

Adelaide Writers Festival 2023 – the interview

At Adelaide Writers Festival this year, I was privileged to be interviewed by Guardian Editor, Lenore Taylor. Here’s the interview via Spotify.  

Heartbreaking and beautiful, this is a love story brimming with courage and joy against all odds…

Born on the island of Tasmania, Heather Rose falls in love with nature, but a family tragedy at age twelve sets her on a course to explore life and all its mysteries. Here is a wild barefoot girl keen for adventure, a seeker of truth initiated in ancient rituals, a fledgling writer who becomes one […]

‘I feel that just reading this book has changed my life.’

Readers have flooded me with their reviews of Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here. Thank you to everyone who has written. It has been an immense experience to read your stories, share your emotions, and glimpse your lives. To receive such exquisitely personal accounts and stories has been humbling and beautiful. Thank you all. Here are […]

…teems with ghosts and gratitude…

  The ninth book from Heather Rose, Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, begins with childhood memories, dark matter musings and Tasmanian bushfires. After learning how quickly death can come, she acquaints herself with the permanent wound of grief, observing the differing means by which human beings deal with loss. Rose, who sees prose as a pathway […]

One woman’s quest for joy – review by Susan Whyndham

  When a book has the title Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, you know that something bad is about to happen. Foreboding builds as the first chapters of Heather Rose’s memoir set up an idyllic life in 1960s Tasmania: “Childhood is kelp and sand, birds and sky, and boats pulled up with the tide … […]

Profile – The Guardian – Susan Chenery

‘Joy is my daily practice’: Heather Rose on overcoming tragedy and choosing to live a happy life From dancing into other worlds in North America to losing her vocabulary in the Australian desert, the Stella prize-winning author is taking nothing for granted The old wooden house looks out over the sea. Standing on the upstairs […]