In 1985 Candida embarked on a ten-year writing project, interviewing a total of 36 Australian writers for her Yacker – Australian Writers Talk About Their Work series, based on the Paris Review interviews with writers.
Candida conducted interviews with writers such as Peter Carey, David Malouf, Helen Garner and a young Kate Grenville. She also received an Australia Council grant to travel to the UK and to the US where she interviewed poet Peter Porter and writer Randolph Stowe and in New York, Sumner Locke Elliott.
The first volume was published in 1986 to critical acclaim, and also sold in the UK. Subsequent volumes were published in 1989 and 1990, creating a valuable and on-going research resource for students of Australian literature. The original manuscripts are held by the state library of New South Wales.
Candida’s first novel, Women and Horses, was a runner-up in the prestigious Vogel Australian Literary Awards in 1990. It was published in Australia as a hard-back Picador and in the U.S by St. Martin’s Press.
In 1994 Candida’s book of prize-winning short stories, The Powerful Owl, was published by Picador. The title story was runner-up in the Canberra Times short story competition and has been included in numerous anthologies.
In the past ten years Candida has published several anthologies, articles, another novel, The Hidden, which is being adapted for the screen and was published as a Knopf hardback in 2000.
She has written two children’s books, The Little Angels Counting Book and I Know That. Candida’s The Infinite Magic of Horses,was published in November 2009, The Wonderful World of Dogs in November 2010, and The Amazing Life of Cats in 2011. The Wisdom of Women will be published in April 2011.
Baker Candida – non-fiction: Yacker – Australian Writers Talk About Their Work,
Vols 1, 2 & 3. Published Picador 1986, 1989, 1990 and Picador UK
Baker Candida – fiction: Women and Horses, novel, published Picador 1990 Australia. St. Martin’s Press U.S 1990
Baker Candida – essay: Six Characters in Search of an Author – a treatise on Pirandello and creativity.
Published Island Magazine 1991
Baker Candida – fiction: The Powerful Owl, short stories. Published Picador 1994
Baker Candida – short story: The Canvas, Included in anthology Women, Love Sex.
Baker Candida – anthology: The Penguin Book of the Horse. Published Penguin 1996
Baker Candida – fiction: The Hidden, novel. Published Knopf 2000
Baker Candida – short story: The Penguin Book of the Beach
Baker Candida – short story: The Penguin Book of the City
Baker Candida – essay: Fathers
Baker Candida – essay: The Hollow Crown – an essay on travelling with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sunday Magazine 2002 Baker Candida – short story: The Powerful Owl included in the Penguin Century of Australian stories. Published Penguin
Baker Candida – column: The Northern Star, Candidly Speaking. 2005-2007, 2009-ongoing
Baker Candida – anthology: The Infinite Magic of Horses. Published Allen & Unwin (Inspired Living) 2009
Baker Candida – anthology: The Wonderful World of Dogs. Published Allen & Unwin (Inspired Living) 2010
Baker Candida – anthology: The Amazing Life of Cats. Published Allen & Unwin (Inspired Living) 2011
Conferences and Festivals
Speaker at the Canterbury Literary Festival, Canterbury UK 1994 Speaker, chair and attendee at: The Adelaide Writers Festival 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996 and 2000 including chairing Paul Keating’s session for the release of his auto-biography Perth Writers Festival: 2000
Melbourne Writers Festival: 1998 and 2002
Byron Writers Festival: 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Chair of the Walkely Freelance Journalism conference in Brisbane 2008
Chair: In conversation with Gaye Bilson Queensland Library 2008
Co-creator and participant in The Armchair Series of lectures for The Australian newspaper, held around Australia with various writers and public figures such as Hugh Lunn and Paul Kelly throughout 1998-2000
Numerous creative writing workshops, both independently created and for:
TAFE teacher: Four lectures in Cultural Appreciation at TAFE Lismore April/May 2010