'The author has that special quality which just jumps off the page. The voice is strong and the sense of place so powerful.'
'Apple Suite' (Island magazine, 161)
Once upon a time in Tasmania's beautiful Huon Valley, people threw mattresses in the backs of their utes, grabbed some friends, and drove around the district taking in the apple blossom. Men skipped church and went instead to Gus Brown's version of Sunday School, and girls who could tell a Jubilee from a Geeveston Fanny were in the running to be crowned Apple Queen. The 'If These Halls Could Talk' project, part of Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island Festival, challenged ten writers to investigate the secrets of ten community halls, from Liffey to Zeehan, St Helens to New Norfolk. All the stories, including 'Apple Suite', Danielle's exploration of the Glen Huon Hall and surrounds, appeared in Island magazine 161. (Picture supplied by 1953 Apple Queen, Valda Woolley)
A sly, cheeky and blackly comic quartet of long stories with fairytale motifs stitched into their seams. This catalogue of mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death brings the mothers of the Brothers Grimm into the here and now.
Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh
The true story of Tasmania's most famous domestic goddess, and the woman rumoured to have been the inspiration behind Dame Edna Everage. Shortlisted for the 2012 Waverley Library Nib Award for excellence in research.
Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls
A charming and thoroughly modern-day Scheherazade, Rosie shares with us her piquant and engaging views on life and love, marriage and mating, desire and destiny as she tackles the sometimes thorny business of making her way through life.
The Alphabet of Light and Dark
Melding personal, family and colonial history, Wood's evocative and lyrical prose explores the past and place, searching and belonging, love, loss and grief. The Alphabet of Light and Dark is more than an historical novel; it's a novel about history. Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2002.
Deep South: Stories from Tasmania
Spanning two centuries of writing, this collection brings together the finest stories about Tasmania. Twenty-four diverse and fascinating short works showcase the island’s colonial past, its darkness and humour, and the unique beauty and savagery of its landscape.
Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text
‘[Island Story] is like a carefully curated exhibition, designed to stimulate and provoke…There is so much of interest here…A satisfying feast of Tasmaniana.’ The Mercury
'relinquish' (Hecate 45.1&2)
Danielle's prose poem, 'Relinquish', for mothers and daughters, was published in the august feminist literary journal, Hecate.
'The Good Mother' (Inviting Interruptions)
Danielle's story 'The Good Mother' has been included in an international anthology Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the Twenty-First Century.
Disappearing, with David Keeling
Maritime Museum Residency
In the winter of 1972, Lake Pedder drowned. A jewel of Tasmania's southwest wilderness, the lake – along with its iconic pink sand beach – was inundated as part of a hydro-electric scheme. The fight to save the lake attracted worldwide attention and gave rise to the first green political party in the world. Danielle's current project, 'Pink Sand', is a novel-in-progress exploring the human history of Lake Pedder – a place that lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to see it, and those who can only imagine its beauty. (Picture credit: Don Weston)