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Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais is a young-looking middle aged woman with dark brown hair falling to below her shoulders, bright lipstick and a beige pullover

This is a Dark Matter Zine podcast and I’m your host Nalini Haynes. Today I talk to author Bianca Marais about her book The Witches of Moonshyne Manor.

First Dark Matter Zine Acknowledges this recording is taking place on the unceded Country of the Bunurong Peoples’ of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Introducing Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing in 2021.

She runs the Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative that empowers young Black women in Africa to write and publish their own stories. It also fundraises to assist grandmothers in Soweto with caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

She is the co-host of the popular podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, which is aimed at helping emerging writers become published.

Bianca’s latest book, The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, asks “Why were we taught to fear witches and not the men who burned them?”

Interview talking points
  • Tell us about your book
  • Why write elderly women
  • Representation
  • Nonbinary character
  • Disability
  • Cross-generational cast
  • Black
  • Emerging writers podcast
  • What stories and storytellers have influenced you?

This has been a Dark Matter Zine podcast. I’m your host Nalini Haynes. I talked to Bianca Marais, author of The Witches of Moonshyne Manor. Next week my guest is Callum McSorley, author of detective novel Squeaky Clean. Thank you for listening. Stay safe and have fun.

Find Bianca Marais

You can find Bianca at her website, on Twitter and on Instagram.

Acknowledgement of Country

Dark Matter Zine acknowledges this recording is taking place on the unceded Country of the Bunurong Peoples’ of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

(I have occasionally acknowledged Country in podcasts. This year I aim to lift my game in many areas, so I plan to Acknowledge Country in every podcast. An Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners can be done by anyone. It’s a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the land. For more information about Country and respect for Australia’s First Nations, read this post that also has links to useful websites.)

Nalini
Nalinihttps://www.darkmatterzine.com
Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.

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