Susan Bradley Smith was born in Bega in 1963 and attended school and university in New South Wales. After working as a rock journalist in Sydney and London in the 1980s, she commenced an academic career, and has since published widely as a creative writer and historian. Her books include the memoir Friday Forever, the verse novel The Postcult Heart, and the suffrage theatre history, A Splendid Adventure. Susan teaches at Curtin University in Perth.
Gladland is a poetic tale of what heartbreak can and can’t do to a modern woman. Set to a 1970s psychosonic soundtrack, and staged in various cities from Detroit to Rome and Perth, these poems are glamrock operettas of everyday life, well-versed in its romantic absurdities and glories.