"In All Is Given, Linda Neil tells stories of travel u literal and figurative u that traverse the globe and the self, evoking lyrically the textures of place. With an eye and ear for the small details that capture a moment, she moves from Kathmandu, Paris and Brisbane to London and Bharatpur, imagining place on place, reminded of the scents and sights of one place by their recurrence in another. With remarkable depth and sensuality, Neil's episodic memoir envelops and consumes, transforming time and space until her writing is no longer simply words on a page but lived-in moments in the imagination captivating the reader. This innovative, creative memoir combines vulnerability and courage to scrutinise the self in a bold and vivid way."
"Linda Neil is an Australian writer, songwriter and documentary producer. Her work has attracted critical acclaim, particularly her memoir, Learning How to Breathe (UQP, 2009), which critics said sets a high standard for future Australian literature' (Courier-Mail) and is a vital woman's story' (Sydney Morning Herald). Neil has a PhD in Creative Writing and has taught Creative Writing, Cultural and Media Studies, as well as Film and Television, at the University of Queensland. Trained as a classical violinist, Neil has performed with orchestras and rock bands, and recorded and toured with some of Australia's leading independent artists. Her radio documentaries have been shortlisted for the United Nations Media Peace Prize (The Asylum Seekers (2004)), awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the New York Radio Festival (The Long Walk of Brother Benedict (2011) and The Sound of Blue (2008)) and her script for the multi-award-winning documentary The Long Walk of Brother Benedict was also nominated for best documentary script at the 2011 Australian Writers' Guild Awards."