strathmore sinking
The wreck of the Strathmore



Sylvie Haisman’s new literary non-fiction book
This Barren Rock: a true tale of shipwreck & survival tells the story of her great-great-great-grandmother's ill-fated journey from Scotland to New Zealand.

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Buy This Barren Rock for less at Booktopia (Australia) or seekBOOKS (NZ).

This Barren Rock - events
Hear Sylvie talk about her new book at
PaperPlus Coastlands Paraparaumu.
7pm Wednesday 11 August

4 by 4 book celebration - join Sylvie and fellow Kapiti writers Hinemoana Baker, Lynn Jenner and Tina Makareti at Valhalla Cafe in Raumati South for readings, book sales and signings and free cake.
4pm Saturday 14 August

Sylvie Haisman’s radio feature Tell Me A Shipwreck, also based on her ancestor’s story, was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and last aired in early 2010 on ABC Radio National.

Her short stories are published in Heat, Southerly, Island and Turbine magazines. The story ‘How To Reverse Gravity’ won a prize in the 2008-9 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and was broadcast on public radio stations throughout Commonwealth countries.

During 2011, Sylvie will be based at Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, India, for a 4 month Asialink Writing Residency. She has received grants for her writing from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Regional Production Fund, the Antarctic Research Centre, and the International Institute of Modern Letters.

In 2008 Sylvie completed her Masters in Creative Writing at Victoria University in New Zealand. She is an alumnus of Varuna, Australia’s national writers’ centre, which selected her for a mentorship and residency.





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