Tor Roxburgh is a writer and artist. Her fiction and non-fiction books have been published by William Heinemann Australia, Pan Macmillan, Pan UK, Australian Consolidated Press, Greenhouse Publications and The Federation Press. Writing as Linda Hollan, Gina Walsh and KD Miller, she is the author of 12 teenage romances. Her non-fiction includes Taking Control, one of the first successful Australian titles about family violence, and The Book of Weeks, a tale of the complex story of the weeks of pregnancy. She was senior writer and researcher on the Australian National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness.
Tor’s latest book, The Light Heart of Stone, is an epic fantasy novel that has been described as ‘very Australian’ by ABC radio’s Prue Bentley. It is available in paperback and ebook format and can be purchased through Australian bookstores and online. The first chapter is available for free at www.lightheartofstone.com. The Light Heart of Stone is distributed in Australia by Dennis Jones & Associates.
“I began my writing career, writing what I was passionate about: social issues such as opposing violence and sexual assault against women and children. I’ve also spent many years writing teen romance that has a feminist sensibility. I have spent the last few years making public art with Velislav Georgiev. I’m now writing fantasy, which, along with science fiction, has always been my favourite genre.”
Tor is currently writing a young adult, science-fiction, murder mystery set in Ballarat.
COMMISSIONS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Tor runs fiction and non-fiction workshops, does author talks and accepts non-fiction commissions.
Tor began painting in 2009. She was interested in painting about the parts of life that she didn’t write about: her personal and family experiences. Her paintings are influenced by her life as a writer and are rich in narrative imagery.
“One of the first artworks I exhibited was a sculpture called One Wide Moment. I wanted the sculpture to express a moment that could evoke a story, which could be as wide as the viewer cared to make it. That’s how I think of my artworks: moments in complex stories.
In both my writing and in my artwork I am driven by the notion of making things clear, illuminating complexity and sharing what I have learned and what I have felt.”
Tor’s paintings can be seen at Omnibus Art Gallery in Ballan. Omnibus Art Gallery is open by appointment.
EXHIBITIONS & COLLABORATIONS
Tor is interested in projects that involve working collaboratively with other artists.