Marcella Polain

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Armenian National Committee of Australia The Peak Public Affairs Committee of the Armenian-Australian Community 259 Penshurst Street, Willoughby NSW 2068 ~ PO Box 768, Willoughby NSW 2068 Tel: (02) 9419 8264 ~ Fax: (02) 9411 8898 Email: ~ Website:

28 September, 2007


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MELBOURNE: The Armenian National Committee of Australia has congratulated Western Australia-based author, Dr. Marcella Polain in Melbourne last week, for her recently-released book which depicts the suffering of a family during the Armenian Genocide.

The English Literature and Writing lecturer at Edith Cowan University, with half-Armenian/half-Irish origins, released the The Edge of the World - her first novel - at the Melbourne Writers Festival earlier this year.

"We thank Dr. Polain for writing such a powerful and poetic documentation of an Armenian family during the tragedy which was the Armenian Genocide," commented ANC Melbourne representative, Ms. Sylvia Nercessian.

She added: "Novels present a great way for today's descendants of the Armenian Genocide, and others, to understand the devastating effects of the massacres in 1915."

Melbourne's Azadamard Radio Program will interview Dr. Polain in coming weeks, while Armenian-Australian publications Armenia Weekly and Armenian Life will release editorials relating to her work.

The Edge of the World is currently available in all good book stores.