Nadia Bailey is an author and freelance writer working in Nillumbik. She has published three non-fiction books on popular culture and her writing has appeared in The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Lifted Brow and more. She was the recipient of the 2018 Midsumma Futures Fellowship and is undertaking a creative writing residency in Kraków as part of the UNESCO Cities of Literature program in 2019.
Nadia is one of our featured local writers as part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival. Booklovers Festival runs Friday 6 September to Saturday 21 September. To find out more about the festival view the program here
When did you start writing? What inspired you?
As a child, I was a voracious reader — I devoured books like The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Watership Down — and it was only a matter of time before I started writing stories myself. I guess I never really stopped!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a historical fiction novel about spiritualist mediums, set in Australia in the aftermath of World War 1. The novel is being developed with the guidance of Hannah Kent (author of Burial Rights and The Good People), who is mentoring me as part of my Midsumma Futures Fellowship.
Do you have a studio or work space? What is it like?
I write from my home: at a sunlight-drenched desk with gum trees out the window and one or two cats lounging about next to me.
Does anyone or anything influence your practice?
I try to read as broadly as possible — I believe that if you read books from all over the world, written in all different time periods, it broadens your perspective and your work will be stronger for it. Reading is the most essential and influential part of my practice: I think it's the duty of every writer to read as much as possible!
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