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Edwina Shaw is an Australian writer of fiction, memoir and screenplays. She is also an editor and workshop facilitator.
Her novel, Thrill Seekers, based on her brother’s battle with adolescent onset schizophrenia, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and was released as a new imprint by Raven Books UK in 2019. In the Dark of Night (Ransom UK), her chapter book for young readers, was selected for the 2016/17 National Library Summer Reading Club.
Since 2002, over 40 of her short pieces have been published in Australian and international journals, including Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review and Asia Literary Review. Her feature film screenplay M inspired by her novel MS “Dear Madman” was awarded 2018 Talent Development funding from Screen Queensland and is currently under development.
She is the commissioning and contributing editor of Bjelke Blues- Stories of Resistance and Repression in Bjelke-Petersen’s QLD1960s – 1980s (AndAlso Books 2019). Most recently she is a contributing co-editor of Our Inside Voices – Reflections on COVID-19 (AndAlso Books 2020).
She teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland, for the QLD Writers Centre, to Forgotten Australians at Lotus Place, and in the community. Edwina is the coordinator of Relax and Write Retreats for women that combine yoga and writing. She also specialises in 'The Healing Power of Story' and 'Moving Through Grief' workshops and is passionate about the potential of writing and other creative arts in helping to process trauma. She lives in Brisbane with an assortment of snakes, bush turkeys and possums.
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Although, Edwina Shaw's book is focused on being a practical and applicable guide to dealing with grief and loss, many of the suggested techniques and approaches are simply perfect for generally improving your mental and physical well-being. This book is crafted with kindness and love, allowing it to be applied even in times of deep pain, and in small enough chunks that it is easy to use. Highly recommended.
This book was written beautifully and I read it in two sessions. It's full of practical and creative ideas to support anyone going through the grieving process. Edwina Shaw writes with knowledge, empathy and kindness. What a fabulous book to have in my library, to dip into whenever required.
Beautifully written and full of insights that help lift the spirits, this is an essential read for anyone and everyone in this crazy upturned world. From the personal to the universal, Edwina Shaw's book is more than just a helpful guide - it's a warm companion in the journey to understanding and acceptance.
I love this book. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Edwina Shaw's wisdom and experience shines through her guide through grief. With practical tools, yoga exercises, and a range of creative activities, this book is ideal for anyone in any stage of the grieving process. In a style reminiscent of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron -- which has helped heal so many blocked artists -- this book will heal your grieving heart and soul. Highly recommended.
Grief can stop your life, making you feel dark and heavy and like the sadness will never end. This book will support you on that journey. It's full of personal stories, heartfelt advice and practical exercises that help you keep on living when someone you love has left. Immensely comforting, realistic and useful. Highly recommended.
A kind and tender approach to a very difficult subject. I found the advice to be sensitive and positive, and the activities practical. Helped me a great deal. I highly recommend everyone to have this book in their heart and soul first aid kit.
5.0 out of 5 starsEinfühlsames Buch über Trauerarbeit
Reviewed in Germany on 9 November 2020
Das Buch hat mich sehr berührt. Es basiert auf persönlichen Erfahrungen der Autorin und gibt hilfreiche Empfehlungen für den Umgang mit Trauer und anderen schwierigen Lebenslagen. Ich wünschte, ich hätte dieses Buch in deutscher Sprache vor einigen Jahren lesen können, es hätte mir sicher sehr geholfen.