Bronwyn Rodden -Artist and Writer

My Blue Mountains trilogy, The Crushers, Orphan Rock and The Weaver of Blackheath,  was inspired by many visits and some time living in the Blue Mountains, at Katoomba, surrounded by World Heritage forest and Art Deco architecture. Some of the photographs I've taken from there are on this page: Blue Mountains Photos by Bronwyn Rodden.

For information about the books: Blue Mountains Mysteries 

You can hear an interview about my work here:

Lovely afternoon at the Women in Art exhibition at Macksville, for women of the Nambucca Valley. A celebration of the diverse talent in the area. Thanks to John for my photo with my work 'Iguazu Falls' in native inks and pastel. 


Some lovely news, four of my poems have been selected for a new International Anthology of poetry: Contemporary Surrealist and Magical Realist Poetry, An International Anthology, published by Lamar University Press, Beaumont, Texas, USA,  Editor:  Dr. Jonas Zdanys, Poet in Residence and Professor Emeritus of English, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield,  Connecticut.

His comments on my work:

"There was a truly remarkable response to the call for submissions for the new anthology of contemporary surrealist and magical realist poetry I have the privilege of editing. I received more than 1,000 poems from more than 200 poets from 26 countries. They include work from most of the world's principal practitioners of these two vigorous poetic forms, poets who push the boundaries of language and who explore the world imaginatively, engaging perspectives not circumscribed by the usual (stale) confessional voice that continues to occupy so much space in contemporary verse. 

At this point, I plan to include your "in English air," "Addict," A singular plane, a moment," and "The Moon, That Glistering Tear".  They are splendid poems and I'm so grateful that you have taken the time to send them along."

2021 Winners Announced – Waverley Woollahra AS 9x5 Landscape Prize

First Prize: Bronwyn Rodden for The Forest at Dusk

Judges’ comments: The painting has a beautiful translucency and is inventive in its composition. A wonderful design and control of colour, giving great creation of depth on a small scale. Delivered with bold and deliberate translucent brush strokes, it has an immediacy which is difficult to achieve on a small scale.

New Novel

The Weaver of Blackheath, #3 in the Ros Gordon Blue Mountains Mysteries. Wyndow Books


Post from 27 April: Today is my mother's birthday, although she passed away 40 years ago. She inspired my art but also my beliefs. When she discovered a book of Aboriginal stories, she made me take it to school and my teacher read some out to us. She also painted this work based on one of the stories. It would not be appropriate now, but in the 1960's, hers was a voice championing Aboriginal culture, and her work was hung in The Blake Art Competition. 


Winner of the Patricia Hackett Prize for short fiction, Finalist in the General Fiction category, Eric Hoffer Award (USA) and shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Short Fiction award, Bronwyn Rodden has published several novels and collections of short fiction. 

Orphan Rock, the second in my Blue Mountains mysteries, has recently been launched. The story of how I started this series is available here:

The Moon and the Sea 

Recommended in the US Review of Books: "This genre-bending tale of pirates, treasure hunters, and adventure seekers spans generations and time periods, offering up a bounty of thrills along the way. " 

Available on Amazon 

Tales for Dark Nights

Recommended, US Review of Books:

'A Writers Writer'

'A genre-bending tale of pirates, treasure hunters, and adventure seekers spans generations and time periods, offering up a bounty of thrills along the way.' US Review of Books

Book 1 in the  Ros Gordon Mysteries Series, selected for Hachette Manuscript Retreat 2012