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'Give yourself over to wonder.'


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Sentient beings. Grace found the term misguided, paradoxical. People misunderstood the power of their senses, but she used her senses wisely.


Following her godfather's betrayal, Grace ignited a secret pact with 'beyond', a force of premonitions and visions, believing it would ensure her protection. Would she now live harmoniously? If not, would she be shown signs of impending catastrophe, too?


When the crushing jolt did arrive, Grace discovered that life was not always within her control, not as simple as keeping a pact with an unseen force. Disillusioned, but failing to block the persistent messages, Grace at last realised that the whispers she had heard all her life were real and could still be used for good, retribution and forgiveness.

Having escaped war-torn Hungary, Izabella's excitement about settling in the 'free' country of Australia soon turned to despair.  


Cultural clashes, forceful removals, carelessness, misguided predilection - upheavals of people and nature often manifested in a niggling compulsion to return 'home'. Grace and Izabella discovered that things being in their rightful place is the secret to balance - a truth indigenes have always known.

Spanning more than two post-war Assimilation decades, The Crying Tree Series is an Australian story examining the universality of  loss in the lives of two women from very different backgrounds. Displaced persons, friends, strangers and objects separate and collide in love, lust, disillusion, hate and death - all inevitably searching for their niche.

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 Jane Ireland        


The Crying Tree Series

           Book Two

Niche due for release 2022.





Our runner-up for the flash fiction category, Jane Ireland, has produced a quirky story that demonstrates clever manipulation of language. Her deceptively innocent female protagonist will surprise readers with her devilish ways. A Most Literal Girl is a highly entertaining read.

''Niche' is a strong, elaborate work spanning intimate Australian portraits and vibrant historical sweeps. With its themes of post-war lives alongside the treatment of Indigenous people, betrayal, violence, redemption and reunion, the work courageously delves into complex terrain. There are powerful moments of writing and the potential for this audience is clear. The novel is ambitious and delivered with skill.'  


Lauren Elise Daniels, BA, MFA, Creative Writing, Editor

'Annie Proulx is one of literature's greats. This manuscript is written the way I imagine her first attempts at writing a novel were written.'


Joshua Brockbank, re 'Niche', B.A. Journalism. Literary editor and Manuscript Assessor



Having grown up in the whimsical worlds of Alice, Pooh, and Millie-Mollie-Mandy, Jane still seeks experiences that lift and nourish.  

Fascinated by human behaviour, she studied psychology and social work and achieved a postgraduate degree in teaching. Jane is a former tutor, workplace trainer and assessor, teacher, nurse. She was also a horribly clumsy waitress on a Queensland island paradise. She now indulges in writing - her obsession.

On 24 March, 2020, Jane published her debut novel 'Emigree' - the first book in 'The Crying Tree Series'. The second book in that series, 'Niche', is in development. She has plans to write in a variety of genres. She is inspired by Tim Winton, JP Pomare, Heather Rose, Robbie Arnott, Cass Moriarty, Mark Brandi, Peggy Frew, Donna Tartt, Dodie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Craig Silvey, Molly Ringland ...

                    Jane is a proud member of the Australian Society of                        Authors, Queensland Writers Centre, and Writers 

                     Rendezvous in Dayboro. 



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