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When the last of her four children left home, Australian teacher Alison Buckley decided to pursue her dream of writing a novel. Curious about what had happened to the little known Middle Eastern Queen Vashti who, according to the biblical narrative of the Jewish Queen Esther, had lost her crown in a court power struggle, Alison suspected there was a story behind this strong female figure. Unable to find any credible information about Vashti, Alison was beginning to think her novel’s potential key character had disappeared into unrecorded history when the name of a Kurdish man appeared on a google search. Convinced Vashti was of the Medes, an ancient Iranian people considered the ancestors of today’s Kurds, he provided much of the information for the two historical novels Alison wrote on the sixth and seventh century BCE imperial civilisations of the Medes, Persians and Babylonians.
Alison Buckley

ABOUT

Writing is my solace

PLANS

My plans add up to a busy few months ahead promoting Rite of Honour.

PUBLICATIONS

Alison’s Novels
Alison’s growing fascination with Kurdish history and culture led her to the now famous Kurdish women guerrilla fighters, subjects of her latest novel Rite of Honour. Based on the experiences of the many women involved in the Kurdish freedom movement’s struggle for autonomy and human rights in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, like her other works, it has been a labour of love.
“ There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. “                                                          - Ernest Hemingway
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” - Franz Kafka
“ Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. “ - Meg Cabot

RITE OF HONOUR BOOK LAUNCH

June 2016 The first official launch will be in Sydney, followed by the Melbourne launch. Archives Book Shop in Brisbane has also kindly agreed to hold a launch. Details will be advertised when they become available. I will also be launching the book in rural and regional centres near my home. Special thanks go to Hiwa Mahabadi of Motifex AV Productions for arranging the Australian publicity campaign for Rite of Honour and working tirelessly to plan the Sydney launch. 

WRITING

Now through 2017 My first wish is to start the next book, Rite of Redemption, which will take the Kurds through their last three years of battles with Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and the Turkish and Iranian regimes, all within the context of intensifying international interventions and political machinations. I already have a rough plan in my mind about the main events that Evin, the key character of Rite of Honour, will be involved in, and the part she will play in the struggle to redeem Kurdistan for its people.  

TRAVEL

2016 -2017 My second wish is to go to Kurdistan when the conditions permit. I hope that it will be sooner than later, as I need to do local research and meet the people in their own environments. In the meantime I would like to launch the book in Germany, France, Italy and other European centres with significant populations of Kurds and their supporters. London is high on my list of launch locations.

ACTIVISM

NOW till FREEDOM After attending three protest marches/meetings with Kurds in Australia, I can’t wait to join more. Their energy and enthusiasm for their nation’s liberation and its people’s access to human rights is heightened during these activities. It is gratifying to be part of a democracy that allows citizens to express their concerns in a peaceful and orderly fashion. I’ve also co-written and edited numerous articles about Kurdistan’s political situation for online journals. 

Condemned to an honour killing after Uday Hussein and his henchmen rape her during the 1990s Iraqi-Kurdish war, Evin Feili

flees to the northern Iraqi camp of Kurdish guerrilla fighters.

Distinguishing herself in combat and intelligence operations in eastern Turkey, she returns to find the rebels have recruited

Mehrdad Hassan, a former Israeli spy whom she suspects her father has hired to vindicate his honour. Driven to avenge her

ordeal, she leads a victorious women’s fighting unit against ISIS forces in Syria, aiding the rebels’ declaration of autonomy. Peace

with Turkey then leaves Evin to pursue her own and Kurdistan’s honour deep inside Iran.

Based on the Kurdish people’s struggle for self-determination and human rights in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, Rite of Honour

reflects the lives of thousands of Middle Eastern women.

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King Ahasuerus of the Median Empire wishes to give his beautiful, unsophisticated Queen Esther her heart’s desire, but he doesn’t

know what she wants. Perplexed, he offers her half the kingdom, but instead of accepting she invites him and her archenemy to

a private banquet.

With her besotted husband unaware of her former Hebrew captive status, Esther puts her life on the line to approach him

without his royal summons, in order to intervene against an immutable royal death decree imposed on her people.  Urged on by

her fellow countryman and royal official, Mordecai, who suggests she has come to the kingdom for just such a time, Esther

gathers her faltering courage. 

The result of Esther’s story impacts the rise and fall of nations which still battle for supremacy today in the Middle East

In 625 BCE Shahan Shah Cyaxares the Great overthrew the illegitimate ruler of the Median Empire the Scythian King Madius,

who had dethroned him in 633 BCE. The revolt firmly established the power of the Medes, the forbears of today’s Kurds, over

territories from the Halys River in the west to Sattagydia in the east. 

The Old Testament book of Esther records the banishment of Vashti, Queen of the Medes who subsequently disappears from history. But her resistance to the demand of her husband, Cyaxares’ son King Ahasuerus, that she parade before his drunken guests has since set an unwavering example for women down through the ages.      In this fictionalised tale validating the civilisation of the ancient Medes, Alison Buckley uses Hamma Mirwaisi’s extensive research and cultural knowledge to weave a seamless narrative that is full of imagery, depth and sensitivity. 

 

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ABOUT

Writing is my solace
When the last of her four children left home, Australian teacher Alison Buckley decided to pursue her dream of writing a novel. Curious about what had happened to the little known Middle Eastern Queen Vashti who, according to the biblical narrative of the Jewish Queen Esther, had lost her crown in a court power struggle, Alison suspected there was a story behind this strong female figure. Unable to find any credible information about Vashti, Alison was beginning to think her novel’s potential key character had disappeared into unrecorded history when the name of a Kurdish man appeared on a google search. Convinced Vashti was of the Medes, an ancient Iranian people considered the ancestors of today’s Kurds, he provided much of the information for the two historical novels Alison wrote on the sixth and seventh century BCE imperial civilisations of the Medes, Persians and Babylonians.
Alison’s growing fascination with Kurdish history and culture led her to the now famous Kurdish women guerrilla fighters, subjects of her latest novel Rite of Honour. Based on the experiences of the many women involved in the Kurdish freedom movement’s struggle for autonomy and human rights in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, like her other works, it has been a labour of love.

PUBLICATIONS

Alison’s Novels

PLANS

My plans add up to a busy few months ahead promoting Rite of Honour.
“ There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. “                                                          - Ernest Hemingway
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” - Franz Kafka

RITE OF HONOUR BOOK LAUNCH

June 2016 The first official launch will be in Sydney, followed by the Melbourne launch. Archives Book Shop in Brisbane has also kindly agreed to hold a launch. Details will be advertised when they become available. I will also be launching the book in rural and regional centres near my home. Special thanks go to Hiwa Mahabadi of Motifex AV Productions for arranging the Australian publicity campaign for Rite of Honour and working tirelessly to plan the Sydney launch. 

WRITING

Now through 2017 My first wish is to start the next book, Rite of Redemption, which will take the Kurds through their last three years of battles with Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and the Turkish and Iranian regimes, all within the context of intensifying international interventions and political machinations. I already have a rough plan in my mind about the main events that Evin, the key character of Rite of Honour, will be involved in, and the part she will play in the struggle to redeem Kurdistan for its people.  

TRAVEL

2016 -2017 My second wish is to go to Kurdistan when the conditions permit. I hope that it will be sooner than later, as I need to do local research and meet the people in their own environments. In the meantime I would like to launch the book in Germany, France, Italy and other European centres with significant populations of Kurds  and their supporters. London is high on my list of launch locations.

ACTIVISM

NOW till FREEDOM After attending three protest marches/meetings with Kurds in Australia, I can’t wait to join more. Their energy and enthusiasm for their nation’s liberation and its people’s access to human rights is heightened during these activities. It is gratifying to be part of a democracy that allows citizens to express their concerns in a peaceful and orderly fashion. I’ve also co-written and edited numerous articles about Kurdistan’s political situation for online journals. 
NEW RELEASE
Alison Buckley
Alison Buckley