Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm

“Swimming Pool Hill won the Bridport Prize’s inaugural Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award in 2014. I’m delighted that my Prize includes up to a year’s mentoring with The Literary Consultancy as this will be invaluable to shaping and developing the novel. It really is a dream come true to have this kind of opportunity to bring out the best in me and my writing.”

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“My birth was hailed not by a single star, but by many bright lights that burned briefly in the night sky before falling to earth. The invasion of the Russian troops – the Suvari as we called them – heralded a new era for Kabul, and I was to grow up not knowing our land under its own rule. The Suvari paved their way into Afghanistan; they built the airports where their planes would land, they laid the roads that led their troops through Kabul. They say that minutes after birth, a baby is colonized by millions of bacteria. That’s how it was for me. I took a breath of freedom, before surrendering to occupation.” 

Extract from ‘Swimming Pool Hill’ – included in the showcase

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