She has also always been a poet, and I'd like to share one example from her numerous works of poetry.
Chill spring evening
on the island.
The sky falls from lilac
to the purple of over-ripe figs
to the dark-blue bruise of Libyan glass.
The sky falls deeply
into the Mediterranean, medi terre,
the sea in the rich middle
of the earth, heaven in water.
If we leave the windows open
and play music in the dark,
the nightingales return
to the garden like exiles
Karen Connelly ( from the book The Border surrounds us)
***Update: Karen's novel The Lizard Cage has made it to the shortlist for the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers! Winner to be announced June 6. Good luck, Karen!