Kim Mahood and Sophie Green- Inspired by the Outback

Episode twenty-four: Kim Mahood ‘ Position Doubtful’ ; and Sophie Green – ‘ The Inaugural meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Bookclub’


‘Position doubtful’ is an old surveyors map term used for areas where it is almost impossible to get a landmark for bearing.In her memoir , Kim Mahood  uses this term to apply to her memories of  the history of a homestead that used to belong to her family and her deep attachment to the land and its indigenous peoples that surround this place. Here she reads from her opening chapter and later in our interview explains what has drawn her to write of this geographical  place that is located in her heart  and of the personal charts she creates  to explain its history. ‘The Fairvale Ladies Book Club’ is also about living in the Australian outback, but Sophie Green’s central character, is  newly arrived as a bride from London  and  struggling to find friends and her feet in a radically different land.

Music tracks: ‘ Periphery’ by Belle Miners

Kim Mahood and Sophie Green were recorded at the Byron Writers Festival.