Q & A with ACT Writers' Centre, August 2015

We caught up with the author of Something in the World Called Love and Alaska. Her latest novel, For the Forest of a Bird, was released earlier this year. Living on Phillip Island in Victoria, she spends her winters watching out for visiting whales and her summers protecting endangered beach-nesting birds.
There's something uniquely beautiful and poetic about your writing...   Is this the way these stories first appeared on the page? 

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Off The Shelf, Penguin, May 2015

About five years ago my sister sent me an email titled, Photo of Dad. I read her message but didn't open the attachment. Then, a few weeks later she asked me what I thought of the photo. Our family didn't have many pictures of my father because he was so often absent. She must have thought I'd like it as a memory.

... That was when I began writing For the Forest of a Bird.   

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Interview with Bass Coast Post, March 2015

Why young adult fiction? 

I think our teenage years are ones of real intensity. They are a time of transition, of exploration and of hope. I think they are a period when the world presents itself as full of possibility. I like writing for an audience in this phase and I like working with characters who are experiencing this period of their life. 

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Q & A with Amy Thomas Senior Editor Penguin Books. June 2011

Sue, have you always wanted to be a writer?

I always found – even as a child – that I experienced something special when I wrote, some kind of fulfilment that I didn't get from anything else. It was as if my life became more dimensional. So, naturally, I was drawn to writing – and I was encouraged by my teachers to be a writer. However, I had no idea what the practical path to this was. I started out being an English teacher because I thought this was a way of being close to writing. Of course, I hadn't factored in all the corrections, the disciplining and the regular yard duty sessions, as well as the fact that it wasn't the easiest occupation for the shyest person in the world like I was at the time! After a few years, I heard about a writing course at RMIT – and I instantly enrolled. That was where I wrote my first novel.

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Environmental Themes of Alaska, Penguin Guest Post, June 2011

Lately I've become more enchanted by the natural world.  We think of ourselves as separate from nature, that somehow nature is 'out there', an 'environment' around us, but perhaps it isn't. Perhaps we are nature and nature is us.

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Interview with Romi, Where The Writer Comes To Write, June 2011

What did you feel when you heard that your novel was being published?

I felt tremendous excitement - and a twinge of fear. Of course, I was thrilled to have my novel accepted but along with that came a slight feeling of apprehension because suddenly all those ideas and thoughts, moods and feelings I'd been alone with for a number of years were going to be out there in the world. It felt a little like stepping out of the shadows – both exhilarating and frightening.

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Readings interview
Leanne Hall, Readings, Carlton, 28/09/09 

Sue Saliba is the winner of this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction with her highly original novel, Something In The World Called Love.

Something in the World Called Love features three very strong and distinctive characters in share housemates Kara, Esma and Simon. Do you relate to any of these characters more than the others?
I can relate to aspects of each but as an entire character, it’s Esma I most relate to. It’s Esma who embodies and explores many autobiographical aspects of my life…

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On the Write Path
Genevieve Gannon, The Melbourne Times, 1/10/2008

Sue Saliba threw in her day job to pursue a literary career. By Genevieve Gannon

Sue Saliba has done what many writers dream of: she has escaped the frenetic pace of inner-city Melbourne for a house on the coast, with a writing room in the garden.
Despite the sea change to Phillip Island, Saliba hasn’t left Melbourne behind entirely.

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Books That Changed Me
Sydney Sun Herald, Sunday 21/9/2008

The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros

This arrived in the post from my sister who lives in Alaska and, as I read it, it immediately touched the grief I still felt at my sister having left Australia all those years before. It’s a simple, beautiful book about a girl finding her own home, written as a series of vignettes in a child’s voice that is moving and profound. Each piece is like a painting or piece of music that exists in relation to the other.

Animal Liberation
Peter Singer

I never again saw animals in the same way after reading Animal Liberation.

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Phillip Island Writer’s Words Of Love
Ebonnie Lord, South Gippsland Sentinel Times, 4/11/2008

‘A blue clothes peg taken from her hair’ as bond for a share house, is some of the intricate symbolism weaved through Sue Saliba’s latest novel, ‘Something in the World Called Love.’

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