Paradise Earth

Amy’s second novel, Paradise Earth, is to be published by Stormbird Press in early 2020. As a work in progress, it won the 2013 DJ ‘Dinny’ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. In awarding her the Fellowship for emergent Australian writers the judges commented that the narrative “is deeply inward and managed with a keen eye”.
Paradise Earth focuses on events surrounding the Port Arthur massacre and its effects on individuals within a community, as well as the legacy of violence and suffering on a physical landscape. In 2015, Amy spent three months writing in a cell in Old Melbourne Gaol, which like Port Arthur, was designed after the Pentonville Model Prison.
Learn more about Paradise Earth by listening to Amy’s interview on ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts program.




About

Amy Barker’s debut novel Omega Park was Winner of the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, Highly Commended in the 2009 Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Christina Stead Award, and Winner of the 2012 IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People) Ena Noël Award.
As a work in progress, her new novel Paradise Earth won the 2013 DJ ‘Dinny’ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. Paradise Earth is to be published by Stormbird Press in early 2020.