Who remembers the onlookers on the sidelines of big events? Such bystanders as the deposed queen Vashti, the blood-stained murdering grandmother Athaliah, the bluff soldier in King David's army, or the desperately searching mother Phoebe? In Bystanders Valerie Volk has...
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Who remembers the onlookers on the sidelines of big events? Such bystanders as the deposed queen Vashti, the blood-stained murdering grandmother Athaliah, the bluff soldier in King David's army, or the desperately searching mother Phoebe? In Bystanders Valerie Volk has created fifteen absorbing characters on the edges of familiar Biblical events. With psychological insight and compassion, she gives a new perspective on stories we thought we knew. 'Valerie Volk takes us on a different journey of understanding, through the intensely plausible thoughts and words from minor Biblical characters ...This book deserves a place not just for enjoyable reading but also as an aid to better understanding of Scripture.' - Rev. Dr Lynn Arnold, AO 'Reading Bystanders was like attending a reunion of people I used to know when I was a child ...The characters in Volk's collection of stories were present at pivotal times in history and are richly and skilfully evoked.' - Jude Aquilina 'Bystanders takes the reader into the lives of individuals who make fleeting appearances in the Bible, looking on as events swirl around the main characters ...Volk's prose is beautifully written and she exhibits a very clever ability to use a "stream of consciousness" dialogue to tell a story.' - Kym Boxall, SM 'The appendix contains a ready-made source of stimulating questions that venture into many of today's issues such as domestic violence, family relationships, roles and rights of women, greed and exploitation.' - Stephen Rudolph
After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BA (Hons) and Diploma of Education she taught in high schools in Geelong. Later she became a lecturer in Comparative Education and Sociology of Education in a number of tertiary institutions in Victoria and Queensland. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of NSW in the field of Gifted Education.
Her publications have been mainly in the field of academic writing, both peer-reviewed journals and in more popular magazines. In 2007 she returned to study, for a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. After her husband's diagnosis of cancer early in 2008 she began to write poems chronicling their last year together, poems that now form the published collection, In Due Season.