About Annette

Annette has been a voracious reader all her life. From her father she learned that language could be powerful, language could be beautiful and language could create music when it had rhythm. From her father she learned the importance of morality and ethics and through the books he gave her she learned empathy, justice and equality – books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and many more.

In 1985 Annette migrated from Germany to Australia and has counted her blessings ever since. She fell in love with Australian writing, finding its quality exceptional and full of empathy for its characters. From Australian authors she learned about the history, the culture and the landscape of her adopted country, through them she rediscovered the joy of powerful, beautiful and rhythmic writing.

Annette has been a published writer for more than 25 years. Her publications include a monograph and many legal articles stemming from her work as a legal academic at UNSW, short stories, poetry and book reviews. She was a fiction book reviewer for The Law Society Journal for ten years and is now reviewing books by Australian authors for Newtown Review of Books and for Rochford Street Review. You can find some of her recent reviews here. She is currently working on the manuscript for her first novel.

After leaving Sydney for Bellingen on the NSW Mid-North-Coast, she returned to her first love, reading and writing. At Bellingen’s community radio station 2bbb FM she created a program on Australian writers and their work with a view to celebrating Australian writing. The program featured in-depth interviews, book reviews and literary news and ran from early 2007 to June 2016.

From 2011 to 2015 she was Program Director of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, where she has chaired Australian authors in one-on-one conversations and panels to great acclaim from authors and audience members alike. In 2016 she began teaching creative writing.

​In her blog Learning Writing from Reading she shares what she has learned about writing from the books she has read.