The Vagaries of Life: Selected Stories and Poems


Noela McNamara’s 12th book presents fictional stories and poems about the lived experiences of ordinary people. While some days bring blue skies and joyful events, others present difficulties which appear insurmountable. This book weaves together stories and poems about life across this continuum.

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  • Title: The Vagaries of Life: Selected Stories and Poems
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2023
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • ISBN: 9780645538144

Noela McNamara

Noela McNamara began writing poetry and stories while she was a teenager living on the farming outskirts of Brisbane. She studied literature as a mature-age student, gained several degrees and certificates, and tutored at James Cook University Cairns in English and Indigenous Australian Studies. Now both retired, Noela and her husband share time with their children and twelve grandchildren in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and Canada. A large family with accompanying laughter and tears, as well as umpteen notebooks of “scribblings” squirrelled away over many decades, inspire her lively imagination to continue to create poems and stories.