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Author Talk: Brenda Matthews on First Voices panel at the Perth Festival (WA)

Presented in association with Writing WA

Luminaries Brenda Matthews (The Last Daughter), Jack Collard and Isobel Bevis (Nedingar) dive deep into the heart of Australian culture, exploring the profound significance of First Nations storytelling.

Come along for an extraordinary conversation facilitated by Luisa Mitchell.

Pay what you can for this event: the suggested price is $24, but you can choose to pay any amount you'd like—from $0. 

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Brenda Matthews at the Perth Festival (WA)

Presented in association with Writing WA.

Join us for a special screening of The Last Daughter and an in conversation with author and film director Brenda Matthews.

Brenda will discuss Australian history, government bureaucracy and one woman's journey back to identity and belonging in a session facilitated by Lesley Reece AM.

Tickets are $25. Bookings are essential. 

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Author talk: Meg Caddy at the Perth Festival (WA)

Dive into the imaginative realms of middle grade/YA fantasy authors Tamara Moss (Lintang and the Pirate Queen) and Meg Caddy (Slipping the Noose) as they discuss how they bring their worlds and characters to life to empower and entertain younger readers. This panel session will be facilitated by Bianca Breen.

Meg Caddy is a part-time bookseller and a full-time nerd. Their fantasy novel Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize and the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and their historical fiction Devil’s Ballast was shortlisted for the 2020 Readings YA Book Prize. They are currently undertaking a PhD in queer fiction.

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Author workshop with Emily Gale and Nova Weetman (VIC)

Chatterbooks and Eltham Bookshop invite 7-13 year olds to meet the talented duo, Emily Gale and Nova Weetman, as they chat about their new book and run a workshop about how characters are created. 

Outlaw Girls is an exciting, fast-paced time-slip novel about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, the complexity of right and wrong, and working out what matters most.

Emily Gale’s books include The Other Side of Summer and its companion novel I Am Out with Lanterns, the Eliza Boom DiariesSteal My Sunshine and Girl, Aloud, as well as her recent middle-grade collaboration with friend and fellow author Nova Weetman, Elsewhere Girls.

Nova Weetman has written thirteen books for young adults and children. Her middle grade books include the much-loved novels The Edge of ThirteenThe Jammer and Sick Bay.

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Author talk: Holden Sheppard at Perth Festival (WA)

In their work, Christos Tsiolkas (The In-Between), Holden Sheppard (The Brink), A.J. Betts (One Song) and Madison Godfrey (Dress Rehearsals) transcend and recalibrate traditional notions of beauty. With Gillian O'Shaughnessy they explore what makes their heart take flight and the hows and whys of love, awe and imperfection.

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019), was published to both critical and commercial success. It won the WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and was named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Invisible Boys is currently in production as a television series. The Brink is his second novel. It is shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2023 (Young Adult).

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Author Talk: Robyn Annear at the Heritage Centre at Emerald Hill Library (VIC)

Join Robyn Annear to talk about her newest book, Corners of Melbourne: The Great Orange-Peel Panic and Other Stories from the Streets, at the Emerald Library Heritage Centre.

What better defines a city than its street corners? A corner gives you a starting point, a destination and a place to turn. It’s furnished with pillar boxes, newsstands and tram stops, and lamp-posts for light and lounging. Where would you be likeliest to find a pub? At the corner, of course. And who better than Robyn Annear to usher you around the corners of Melbourne, and reveal their bizarre, baroque and mostly forgotten stories?

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Author Talk: Judith Brett at the Adelaide Festival (SA)

Have we abandoned the idea that citizens in an ethical society have obligations to others and the state? In these increasingly illiberal times, Glyn Davis moderates a discussion with Judith Brett, Samuel Moyn and Peter Varghese.

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.

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Author talk: Kate Grenville at Adelaide Writers’ week (SA)

Join Text author Kate Grenville to discuss Writing Relationships: Authors and Their Editors alongside Madison Godfrey and Anjum Hasan with Jessica Alice.

A talk on the intimate exploration of the other great partnership in life – the author-editor relationship – that takes writing from the deeply personal to the public stage.

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. In her latest novel, Restlesss Dolly Maunder, she uses family memories to imagine her way into the life of her grandmother. 

Free, no booking required. 

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Author talk: Eliza Clark with Helen Elliott at Adelaide Writers’ week (SA)

Join Eliza Clark with Text author Helen Elliott, as they discuss Clark's latest novel, Penance

With the publication of her first book, Eliza Clark was named one of Granta magazine’s best British novelists under forty. Her new novel’s protagonist is the unreliable narrator of a true crime, reimagined as crime fiction. 

Helen Elliott is a prominent literary critic and journalist and the editor of Grandmothers. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Australian, the AgeGriffith ReviewBest Australian EssaysVogue and numerous other publications.

Free, no booking required.

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Author Talk: Vikki Wakefield with Gary Lonesborough at Adelaide Festival (SA)

Join Vikki Wakefield at Adelaide Festival's YA night for an in-conversation with Gary Lonesborough, author of We Didn't Think It Through. 

Vikki Wakefield writes fiction for adults and young adults. Her novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards. After You Were Gone, a psychological thriller, was her first novel for adults and was published in 2022 to much acclaim. To the River is her second psychological thriller for adults.

Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin writer, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. Growing up a massive Kylie Minogue and North Queensland Cowboys fan, Gary was always writing as a child, and continued his creative journey at film school. Gary has experience working in Aboriginal health, the disability sector and the film industry.

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