Shirley Patton

Shirley Patton

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Shirley Patton (PhD) was born in Ireland, grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her beloved partner and a miniature schnauzer in wine-growing country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania, Australia. She is passionate about women’s stories, women’s histories. And reading and travel. A decade ago she surprised herself and everyone else, and left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence and a lecturer in the Department of Sociology & Social Work at the University of Tasmania, to write fiction full time. Since then, she has obtained a Masters of Creative Writing and had published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, she worked in Kalgoorlie as a district officer in community welfare and before that, in the media as a television newsreader and television chat show host. For more info see and
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