Yarra Bend Press

Issue One: Down To The Core by Jan Robinson



Down to the Core is an excerpt from Jan's memoir of the same name. It is a first person account of the journey through leukaemia and near death that she took with her twenty-one year old son a decade ago, and the ripple effect this created in their lives.

The memoir also looks at her experience as a psychiatric nurse of thirty years and her subsequent burnout. Here she reads an excerpt from the beginning section of the memoir dealing with her son's near-fatal experience while undergoing the  chemotherapy meant to save his life.

About the Writer:

Jan Robinson is a writer, a mother , a student and a prolific reader. She has had a non-fiction article published in 'inScribe' Issue 5 and was 'highly commended' in the inaugural Odyssey House Short Story Writing Competition at the end of 2011, (search for Bedtime Stories). Jan has also worked as an editorial assistant on 'Southpaw Journal #1 2011-2012. She also worked for thirty years as a psychiatric nurse and is an eternally hopeful woman who wants to eventually do a PhD in creative writing.

About the Illustrator:

Romi Pellizzeri is a Melbourne-based illustrator who produces intricate linear drawings that are combined with digital collage and assemblage. Her style evolved out of a love of children’s book illustration and natural science, interweaving pattern and texture into delicately rendered character illustrations and narratives. After completing her final year studying a Bachelor of Illustration at NMIT, Romi aims to pursue her career as an illustrator and artist by undertaking further commissioned projects and authorial work.

Music Credit:

Wounded Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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