More to tell says de­but nov­el­ist

South Western Times - - News -

THE first stu­dent to grad­u­ate from Edith Cowan Univer­sity South West with a PhD in writ­ing will launch his de­but novel at Maker + Co on Au­gust 2 – a feat made more im­pres­sive due to the au­thor’s year-long bat­tle with a se­vere mys­tery ill­ness.

Gus Hen­der­son penned the first draft of his work The Wounded Sin­ner over two years as part of his PhD and has worked along­side ed­i­tor Bruce Sims, pub­lisher Maga­bala Books and the team at Edith Cowan Univer­sity South West to get the novel ready for the launch.

“What it means to me, that Donna (Mazza) and the whole team at ECU have put in an enor­mous amount of work and money to get this book to come to fruition,” Dr Hen­der­son said.

“I want to get bet­ter so I can write the se­quel – there is so much left un­ex­plored.”

Univer­sity se­nior lec­turer Dr Donna Mazza said she “spot­ted straight away that Gus was a very tal­ented writer” af­ter he joined the un­der­grad­u­ate course in 2006, af­ter which he grad­u­ated with First Class Honours which led to a schol­ar­ship to com­plete his PhD. Dr Mazza said the novel was a fam­ily saga which dealt with age­ing par­ents and re­la­tion­ships, while ex­plor­ing the is­sue of the stolen gen­er­a­tion. “It’s about hope,” she said. Many of Dr Hen­der­son’s po­ems are avail­able on his Face­book page GS Hen­der­son Po­etry and Writ­ing and the novel can be bought at Collins Book­sellers in Bun­bury or from the pub­lisher.

Pic­ture: Emily Ace

Dr Gus Hen­der­son and Dr Donna Mazza pre­pare for the launch of The Wounded Sin­ner on Au­gust 2.

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