Magdalena McGuire

‘One of the country’s freshest, sharpest, and to date most underrated voices in contemporary fiction’ (Laurie Steed, Margaret River Press).

‘I was really impressed with Magdalena’s entry… and expect to be hearing a lot more about her later in 2017’ (Mel Mitchell, New Books Magazine)

On Salt Madonna ‘I was pleased to spend time in this magical mine, with its chandeliers carved from salt, its modern sassy female guide and, not least, to encounter a whole Madonna carved from salt, ‘her white eyes surveying them all’. McGuire hauls home her accomplished, complex and surreal story with tremendous confidence and flair.’ (Deborah Levy, prize winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright)

Magdalena McGuire was born in Poland, grew up in Darwin, and now lives in Melbourne. Her short stories have been published in the UK and Australia by The Big Issue and The Bristol Prize, and by Margaret River Press respectively. She has published widely on human rights topics, including women’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading books about girls who like reading books. Her first novel, Home Is Nearby, is set in Poland, Australia and the United Kingdom, in the eventful period of the 1980s. She is also working on a collection of short stories that focus on questions of place, identity and unbelonging, particularly in cross-cultural contexts, as well as another historical fiction novel.