About Tessa

TJ profile pic_Jan 2016Hello. I’m Tessa. Welcome to my blog.

I enjoy reading, researching and writing. I think that if you can get to a library or a bookstore (physical or virtual), you can get just about anywhere in space and time.

My reading life began with series fiction. It was through these ongoing stories that I made the acquaintance of the Bobbsey Twins, Pippi Longstocking, Emily Byrd Starr and the Silver Brumby. During my primary schools years, I was fortunate to be one of the countless young people nurtured and encouraged by Bendigo Children’s Librarian Miss Euphemia (Pheme) Tanner (1914‒1993). Her dedication to books and reading was inspirational.

Books nourish my life. I have been shaped by Jane Austen’s perspicacity and Marilyn French’s defiance. I worked for many years with the Australian literature database AustLit, gaining an exposure to writers and writing styles previously unknown to me. Eventually, I started to write myself—stories, essays, tanka, reviews and plenty of assignments en route to my MA (Writing).

This blog shares some of my thoughts; thoughts that often percolate up from idle hours spent with books and their creators. I hope the blog sparks some fruitful errantry in your life. Most posts include links for further exploration.

Other places you’ll find me

Much of my writing is listed on AustLit. You will find me on Twitter and on Pinterest (with links to the books I’ve been reading). I have previously reviewed children’s and young adult literature for Reading Time, the journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and those reviews are on Reading Time’s website.