Lisa Fuller's award-winning Ghost Bird to be published in the UK
UQP are delighted to announce that Old Barn Books have bought UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada and ANZ) rights for Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller. The deal was handled by UQP Rights Manager Kate McCormack in negotiation with publisher Ruth Huddleston. Huddleston said:
‘I knew Ghost Bird had attracted prizes and praise from people I respected in Australia, but it was only when I received the manuscript that I realised how strongly Lisa's powerful writing was rooted in her community. This novel had me gripped. It vividly portrays teens battling to reconcile the prejudices and demands of very different cultures and will open a window onto a world we know very little about here in the UK. The voice of a First Nations Australian author has been missing from the Old Barn Books growing list of Australian fiction and I'm so excited to be able to bring Lisa's writing to a UK audience.’
Ghost Bird won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in 2017, going on to win and be shortlisted for multiple awards, including winning the Queensland Literary Award for a Young Adult Book, the Readings Prize for a Young Adult Book, the ACT Book of the Year, and being an Honour Book at the CBCA Awards. ‘I’m so pleased to see Lisa’s incredible work further recognised with overseas rights sales,’ said UQP Publisher Clair Hume. ‘After being so well-received in Australia, we can’t wait to see Ghost Bird published in other territories where more readers can enjoy this important, edge-of-your-seat novel.’
Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Queensland, Australia, and is also descended from Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples. Lisa has previously published poetry, blogs and short fiction and is passionate about culturally appropriate writing and publishing.
‘I am beyond thrilled that my debut novel, Ghost Bird, will be published in the UK by Old Barn Books!’ says Lisa. ‘When an Aboriginal teen goes missing, her twin sister must hunt for clues, face down deeply ingrained racism, as well as social and cultural taboos to find the truth. Based in my hometown of Eidsvold, Ghost Bird is centred around my community, our culture, and our spiritual beliefs. The events and (most) of the characters are fictional, and yet writing this story has been a very personal journey. I hope readers see not just the hardships, the painful history and the hidden truths, but also the connection and joy to be found in culture, Country, community, and family. Our beliefs are not myths, we are not history, we are real people with the strength to survive anything, together.’
Lisa Fuller joins a successful list of Australian resident authors published by Old Barn Books, including the Carnegie-shortlisted Glenda Millard, prolific children's writer Paul Jennings and Bren MacDibble, writer of multi award-winning climate change novels.
Ghost Bird will publish in paperback in the UK on 21st October 2021.