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Nalini Haynes: Blogger and Editor

Nalini-Hayes-MMy first memory of reading was whining at my father who wanted me to read the same non-fiction book AGAIN. (How many times can you read about logging trees without becoming bored, even aged four?) One day I was tagging along behind my father and one of my step-mothers and discovered a large hardcover book of poetry in a corner store; imagine my surprise when my father bought it for me! My most-loved poem was ‘Triantiwontigongolope’ by C J Dennis, probably triggering a love of fantasy.

My earliest memory of SF was hiding behind my uncle’s chair terrified but unable to look away from the TV during Dr Who.  By the time I was ten yeas old, my mother lent me adult SF books to stave off boredom.  Nothing much has changed since then, except gaining a few kilos and a few wrinkles.

There are two certainties in life: death and the taxation officer. I used to be one of them. I loved working in tax so much I left with a dream of helping dysfunctional people by becoming a counsellor. My journey to my new career included study: now I hold three degrees including a Master of Social Science. I worked with disadvantaged people as a counsellor and educator until disability discrimination ended that career.  Now I work my butt off for Dark Matter Zine as well as being awarded all distinctions and high distinctions in the Professional Writing and Editing degree at RMIT.

I was invited to join the merit-based Golden Key International Honors Society after receiving various accolades for academic excellence including a Chancellor’s award. I won the Dawn Slade-Faull Award 2008, the Chronos Award for Best Fan Writer 2013 and I’ve been shortlisted for various Ditmar and Chronos Awards.

Nalini Haynes’s interviews, reviews and other writings — The ones I remembered to categorise, anyway.

Nalini will be attending our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Dark Matter Zine

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Dark Matter Zine is a child of pop culture whose family tree began with science fiction and fantasy before expanding to include all the things in papery format as well as on screen, to suit creator, Nalini Hayes’ diverse tastes. DMZ crawled before it could walk but, at nearly five years of age, DMZ is now up and running. DMZ does not pay contributors as the rare donations received don’t cover internet hosting let alone the rest of DMZ’s running costs. Current regular features include reviews, interviews, news, commentaries, art and guest blogs. Site traffic is currently about 800 visits per day, more for special events.

Dark Matter Zine’s creator, Nalini Haynes will be present at our Meet the Publisher’s Afternoon Tea talking all things online, blogging, zines and online zines.