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Marilla North was born and educated in Newcastle, NSW where she first read Dymphna Cusack’s WWII novel Southern Steel, the book that ignited her passionate commitment to Cusack’s life and work. Marilla’s poetry has been published in the press and literary journals and her collection, Blue Glass and Turtles’ Eggs, was published by Jacaranda Press. Her narrative Yarn Spinners won the 2001 FAW Biography Prize.