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Kate Grenville at Blues Point Bookshop (SYD)
Kate Grenville

Join Kate Grenville to chat about her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance.

On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health brought on by exposure to perfumes and scents,  Kate Grenville started wondering: What’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?

The more she investigated, the more her novelist’s instinct to explore and question was piqued, and as she says: ‘Her inner scientist was unleashed’. She quickly discovered that scientists agree that the chemicals in fragrance can be linked, not only to short-term problems like headaches and asthma, but to long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. Yet products can be released onto the market without testing. They’re regulated only by the same people who make and sell them. And the ingredients don’t even have to be named on the label.

So why isn’t anyone talking about it?

It would be greatly appreciated if people could refrain from wearing perfume to this event.

To book email bluespointbooks@bigpond.com. Cash or credit cards will be accepted on the evening of the event.

Text at Adelaide Writers Week 2017
Adelaide Writers Week

Join wonderful Text authors Sebastian Smee, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Elizabeth Harrower, Kate GrenvilleAshleigh Wilson, Barry Maitland, Eka Kurniawan, Jock Serong, Peter Mares, Yuri Herrera and Michael Sala at Adelaide Writers Week (AWW) in 2017. 

AWW takes place in the picturesque Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, and welcomes an incredible group of poets, pedants, historians, novelists, biographers, journalists, refugees, feminists, and other courageous souls. In 2017 the idea of borders finds its way through the program; those imagined lines that can so easily change lives, be they between love and hate, boats and planes, power and its abuses, coming-of-age and ultimately life and death.

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Peter Mares at the Migration Museum (SA)
Peter Mares

Join Peter Mares at the Migration Museum for a public talk and a discussion of his book, Not Quite Australian. 

In his bokok, Peter draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration. Mares considers such issues as the expansion of the 457 work visa, the unique experience of New Zealand migrants, the internationalisation of Australia’s education system and our highly politicised asylum-seeker policies to draw conclusions about our nation’s changing landscape.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. He is the author of the award-winning book Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa and has written about migration for many media outlets including the AgeAustralian Financial Review and Griffith Review. Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife and son. 

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Yuri Herrera at the SA Writers Centre
Yuri Herrera

Join Yuri Herrera at the SA Writers Centre for his workshop Inventing Reality: Strategies in Creating Your Own Voice. 

A uniquely written ‘voice’ is that elusive element that can elevate a manuscript from slush pile to publication, hooking publishers and readers along the way.

But what exactly is voice in this context? And how can you create a unique one that will improve your storytelling and help your work stand out from the crowd? 

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn techniques to generate a plot or original story idea
  • Discover ways in which a literary text can be structured
  • Practice creating their own vocabulary
  • Learn how to adapt personal anecdotes to a literary form
  • Explore ways to improve voice in the first draft of a fiction text

Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was published to critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.

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Peter Mares with Justice for Refugees SA
Peter Mares

Join Peter Mares with Justice for Refugees SA for their event Not Quite Australian: Our national identity and cultural diversity called into question.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. He is the author of the award-winning book Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa and has written about migration for many media outlets including the AgeAustralian Financial Review and Griffith Review. Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife and son. 

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Toni Jordan at State Library of Victoria
Toni Jordan

Join Toni Jordan and the State Library of Victoria to talk about Our Tiny, Useless HeartsIt will include a Q&A chaired by Readings bookshop, followed by a lively discussion with your fellow book club members.

Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Toni’s latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts.

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Krissy Kneen at Avid Reader Bookshop (QLD)
Krissy Kneen

Join Kristina Olsson as she introduces ABC Radio National's Sarah Kanowski who is in-conversation with Krissy Kneen discussing her latest novel An Uncertain Grace.

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her - and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels SteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. 

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Graeme Macrae Burnet at Gleebooks (NSW)
Graeme Macrae Burnet

Join Graeme Macrae Burnet with Stephen Romei to discuss his book, His Bloody Project.

The year is 1869. After a brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands, a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae is arrested for the crime. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but the police and the courts must decide what drove him to murder the local village constable. And why did he kill his other two victims?

Was he insane? Or was this the act of a man in possession of his senses? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between the killer and the gallows at Inverness.

In this compelling and original novel, using the words of the accused, personal testimony, transcripts from the trial and newspaper reports, Graeme Macrae Burnet tells a moving story about the provisional nature of the truth, even when the facts are plain.

His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the rules can change but justice is absolute.

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Kate Grenville at Stanton Library (SYD)
Kate Grenville

Join Kate Grenville at the Constant Reader bookshop to discuss her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance

Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started.

This book is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. But, as you’d expect from an acclaimed novelist, it’s also accessible and personal. The Case Against Fragrance will make you see––and smell––the world differently.

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History. Kate lives in Sydney and her most recent works are the non-fiction books One Life: My Mother’s Story and The Case Against Fragrance.

Please note: audience members are asked to refrain from wearing perfume at this event.

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An Evening with Graeme Macrae Burnet (NZ)
Graeme Macrae Burnet

Join Graeme Macrae Burnet at Dunedin City Library to discuss his Man Booker-longlisted novel, His Bloody Project

In this compelling and original novel, using the words of the accused, personal testimony, transcripts from the trial and newspaper reports, Graeme Macrae Burnet tells a moving story about the provisional nature of the truth, even when the facts are plain.

His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the rules can change but justice is absolute.

Graeme Macrae Burnet was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. In between, he lived in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto and London. His debut novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, is a psychological crime thriller set in the small town of Saint-Louis on the French–Swiss border. His second book, His Bloody Project, which deals with a triple murder in a crofting village in the Scottish Highlands, has been longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

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