Press Kit

On this page you’ll find photos of Louise, blurbs and an image of Louise’s book. Louise is available for interviews. Please use the contact form to get in touch.


Louise Zedda-Sampson is a Melbourne-based writer, researcher and award-nominated editor who has a passion for bringing interesting things to light. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, magazines and anthologies and she has also co-edited two anthologies. Her debut book Bowl the Maidens Over, a history of the first games of women’s cricket in Australia, was released in June 2021.

Visit Louise at and connect with her on Twitter @I_say_meow

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Latest Release

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Bowl the Maidens Over: Our First Women Cricketers

Release date 25 June 2021

In 1874, John Rae, a Bendigo schoolmaster, approached the Sandhurst Easter Fair Committee with an idea to draw the crowds: a novelty ladies’ cricket match – something Australia had never seen before.
And here begins the story of women’s cricket in Australia. Bowl the Maidens Over presents the factual account of the very first women’s matches from the selection of uniforms, to mentoring by the prestigious Bendigo United Cricket Club, to their ceremonial arrival at the Easter Fair to the during- and post-match critiques. The story provides insights into the tumultuous road the cricketers travelled, just in order to play.

Foreword by Dr Megan Ponsford.

Bowl the Maidens Over: Our First Women Cricketers
Hardcover, illustrated 100 pages
Publisher: LZS Press
Publication date: 25 June 2021
ISBN: 978-0-6451255-0-4
Price: $24.95
Available in hardcover

Where to buy: online retailers or direct from

Reviews: Bowl the Maidens Over

This fascinating game in Bendigo has never been properly narrated – until now, in a delightful little book, Bowl the Maidens Over by Louise Zedda-Sampson. – Gideon Haigh, The Australian

Clear, illuminating writing accompanies the author’s extensive research, and the book is beautifully presented with very useful illustrations. – Clare Roden, Goodreads

Well-researched, well written, and beautifully produced, ‘Bowl the Maidens Over’ is a worthy addition to our sporting historical archives. As Dr Megan Ponsford wrote in her introduction: “This publication celebrates women’s cricket and the pioneering women involved. It resonates across the spheres of sport, culture, history and feminism – functioning as a barometer which informs wider ideological sentiments of the day. – Rebecca Fraser, Goodreads

While a slim book, less than a hundred pages long, Bowl The Maidens Over is a valuable and important contribution to sporting history in Australia and in particular women’s sporting history. These stories matter. Individually and collectively. – Kirby Fenwick, Siren a Women in Sports Collective

Other works - reviews and mentions


The stronger tales in Infected 2, such as ‘Confinement’ by Louise Zedda-Sampson and ‘Welfare Check’ by Patrick J. Gallagher, use the short  stature of the medium to their advantage. These bits of the anthology are far greater than their low word count suggests and feel like gems hidden within the bulk of the otherwise serviceable stories. Deidre Crimmins, Rue Morgue 

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The Forgotten Sea by Louise Zedda-Sampson boasts an abundance of sensory detail and effective imagery. It begins as your standard haunted house story—but it turns out it’s the visitor who carries her own ghosts. – Arturo Serrato, Nerds of a Feather