Mary Mageau

Australia, Queensland, Brisbane

Mary Mageau is an award-winning composer and writer. Born and educated in the United States, she has lived in Australia since 1974. Her writings in the Japanese verse forms of haiku, tanka and haibun are published in the United States by Red Moon Press, The MET Press and Kei Books. Mary’s poetry also appears in American, Canadian and Australian anthologies and literary journals. In 2010 Blemish Books (Canberra) published twenty of her haibun poems in ‘Triptych Poets,’ Volume I.
Mary also loves to travel, gathering stories for her historical fiction. Two romances, The Trousseau and An Antique Brooch, explore the early South Pacific settlements of New Caledonia and Norfolk Island during the 1850s and 60s. A third novella, The Rose and the Thistle, is set in Tasmania’s Hobart Town in the 1820s. In the Eye of a Storm, unfolds in Paris during the time of the French Revolution while Vanquished, highlights medieval France during the Catholic Church’s persecution of the Cathars in Languedoc. In her latest novella, The Shipwreck Coast – A Traveller’s Tale, two survivors from a clipper ship tell their stories of courage and endurance in the face of a disaster. These six historical novellas are written for young adult and general readers alike.