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Stephen Greenall at Readings, Carlton (Melb)
Stephen Greenall

Join Stephen Greenall to discuss his debut literary crime novel, Winter Traffic. 

Sutton doesn’t like the three a.m. phone calls. He should change his number—that way Rawson wouldn’t have it. Sutton’s best mate is a hero cop, but strife flows through him like a highway.

An epic novel of corruption, murder and the true nature of justice, Winter Traffic announces the arrival of a compelling new voice in literary crime.

Stephen Greenall was born in Moree in 1976. His writing has appeared in Overland and he won the 2014 NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship. Winter Traffic is his first novel and was commended in the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Kate Grenville at Pages & Pages (NSW)
Kate Grenville

Join Kate Grenville at the Barry O'Keefe Library in Mosman to discuss 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.

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Kate Grenville at Gleebooks (SYD)
Kate Grenville

Join Kate Grenville at Gleebooks to discuss her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance.

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

Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes, and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?

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.

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

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Kate Grenville at the National Library of Australia (ACT)
Kate Grenville

One of Australia's most beloved authors Kate Grenville joins Gia Metherell, formerly of the Canberra Times, to discuss her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance

A carefully researched investigation into the science of scent and the fragrance industry, 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 ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History. Kate lives in Sydney and her most works are the non-fiction books One Life: My Mother’s Story and The Case Against Fragrance.

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

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Kate Grenville at Avid Reader Bookstore (Brisbane)
Kate Grenville

Join Kate Grenville for the Brisbane launch of 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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Breakfast with Kate Grenville (QLD)
Kate Grenville

Riverbend are excited to announce a special breakfast event with one of Australia's most acclaimed writers Kate Grenville.  Join us to hear Kate speak about her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance in conversation with Laura Sweeney. 

This book is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. However, 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.

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

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Text at Perth Writers Fesitval
Perth Writers Festival

Join Text authors Toni Jordan, Peter Mares, Elspeth Muir, Jock Serong and Ashleigh Wilson at the Perth Writers Fetival in 2017.

Perth International Arts Festival curates and presents an annual arts festival of the highest international quality. We aspire to create new work and stimulate discourse about Western Australia and our place in a complex and political world. The Festival’s ambition is to lift audience expectations and opportunities for Western Australian arts practice, contributing to a vibrant and resilient culture.

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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.

Text at Adelaide Writers Week 2017
Adelaide Writers Week

Join wonderful Text authors Ashleigh Wilson, Barry Maitland, Eka Kurniawan, Jock Serong, Peter Mares and Yuri Herrera 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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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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