About Dina Davis
Dina Davis decided to be an author at the age of eight. Since then she has been a ‘closet writer’, secretly filling journals with stories, poems, memories and dreams.
Dina is the Vice-President of the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre. She belongs to Writing NSW and the Australian Society of Authors. From 2013 to 2019 Dina convened the Randwick Writers’ Group, a select group of authors working towards publication. In 2020 a collection of this groups’ writings, Sharing Writing Skills, co-authored and edited by Dina, was published by Ginninderra Press.
Dina’s debut work, Capriccio: A Novel, published by Cilento Publishing, was shortlisted for the 2020 NT Chief Ministers’ Fiction Prize. A second edition of this work was published in 2019.
In 2015 Dina was shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards with her essay ‘Capriccio: the Lost Poems of Ted Hughes’. In 2018 she was a finalist for the fiction award with her short story, ‘Edge’.
Dina lives in the Top End of Australia and the Eastern seaboard of New South Wales. When not writing, she practices yoga and attends Film Festivals. She holds an MA in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney.
- A Dangerous Daughter and Psycho-AnalysisOne of the catalysts for my new novel, A Dangerous Daughter, was the discovery that an academic had unearthed a letter, which she rightly suspected was about me. It was written in 1957 by the analyst who saved my life, Dr Ivy Bennett, I agreed to be interviewed for the academic’s thesis on psychoanalysis: Interview with Christine Brett Vickers, Monash […]
- Writing in the Time of CovidEscaping to the NT from virus-ridden NSW in March, I was confined to home in mandatory quarantine for fourteen days. What bliss! The tropical weather, the smiling faces, the feeling of being safe. Being home alone held no fear for me, being a confirmed introvert. The isolation and lack of pressure suited my solitary nature. At last my time was all my own, with no places to go, no people to see. What else was there to do but write? At last I could concentrate on finishing my novel, which I’d been struggling with for years. In spite of not going outside for two weeks, I managed to keep fit by tuning in daily to yoga classes on Zoom. How amazing to follow expert teachers online from the comfort of home, thanks to the generosity of Darwin Yoga Space. There followed the most productive months, in literary terms, of my writing life. In April I was honoured to be elected Vice President of our NTWriters’ Centre. In May, being shortlisted for the fiction prize for the 2020 NT Chief Minister’s Awards for my novel Capriccio, was a huge thrill. My short story, Procrastination, was accepted for publication in the new print edition of Borderlands, the new NT Literary journal, released here in September.
- NT Writers’ Festival 2020We in the Territory are exceptionally lucky to be holding an outdoor,LIVE, Writers’ Festival, in spite of Covid 19.We have been declared Covid free for the second time, after 28 days with no cases. There will of course be social distancing in place in our beautiful Botanical Gardens where the Festival will take place. I can’t quite believe I’ll […]
- Writing in the Time of CovidEscaping to the NT from virus-ridden NSW in March, I was confined to home in mandatory quarantine for fourteen days. What bliss! The tropical weather, the smiling faces, the feeling of being safe. Being home alone held no fear for me, being a confirmed introvert. The isolation and lack of pressure suited my solitary nature. At last my time was […]
- Freeing the Writer WithinI have long tried to silence the critic in my head, telling me my writing is never good enough, I can never succeed, and what makes me think I can be a writer. It’s called ‘the impostor syndrome’ when your inner critic tells you your writing is worthless. For years I was governed by my inner critic, with the result that none of my writing ever saw the light of day, and remains locked away in dusty archive boxes on an unreachable top shelf. It was writers like Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) who began to free me from this destructive and inhibiting thought process. Freeing the Writer Within In her classic book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg contends that writers need to practise their craft in the same way that musicians, athletes or Zen meditators need to perfect their practice. She gives writers the following four rules: Keep the hand moving. It’s better to be writing anything that comes to mind, than to sit there chewing your pen or staring at the blank screen. The main thing is to keep the hand moving. Even if you write about how you can’t write, some words will appear before too long. Don’t think. Write so quickly that your internal editor can’t keep up with you. Most of us have a critic sitting on our shoulder, telling us what we’re writing is ridiculous, illogical, or maybe too revealing […]