For Orla, living in the suburbs in 1968 on the cusp of adolescence, her father is a great shining light, whose warm and powerful presence fills her world.
Marcella Polain was born in Singapore and immigrated to Australia at the age of two with her Irish father and Armenian mother. She writes poetry, narrative fiction and lyric essays; her work has been published nationally and internationally, and in translation. Her first novel, The Edge of the World (2007, Fremantle Press), was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She has published three collections of poetry- Dumbstruck won the Anne Elder Poetry Prize, Each Clear Night was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Prize for Poetry and Therapy Like Fish- New and Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Prize. She is Senior Lecturer in the Writing program at Edith Cowan University, Perth.