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Text Authors at the 2018 Perth Festival Writers Week

Join Text authors at the Perth Festival’s Writers Week. The following Text authors will be in attendance, discussing their books and speaking on a number of panels: Helen Garner, Grame Simsion and Anne Buist.

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Coordinating Conjunctions: Anne Buist & Graeme Simsion on wedding words and lives at the Perth Festival
Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Partners in life and writing Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion discuss wedding words and lives with Ian Andrew as part of the Perth Festival.

Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based novelist and screenwriter.
The Rosie Project was the 2014 ABIA Book of the Year and has sold over three million copies worldwide. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with worldwide sales of more than a million copies. Graeme’s screenplay for The Rosie Project is in development with Sony Pictures and The Best of Adam Sharp is in development with Toni Collette’s Vocab Films. Graeme’s latest novel is Two Steps Forward, co-written with his wife, Anne Buist.

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea’s CurseDangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For.

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A Novel Relationship: Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist talk to Geraldine Mellet at the Perth Festival
Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is the author of The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Effect and The Best of Adam Sharp. Anne Buist is chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and author of the Natalie King  psychological thrillers. 

Partners in life and writing Graeme and Anne talk to Geraldine Mellet about writing together when you live together.

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New Zealand Festival: Writers and Readers (NZ)
New Zealand Festival

Get ready for four days of fast-tracked, smart conversation from some of the world's best thinkers and talkers – and you, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 March 2018. 

Text authors featured:

Jock Serong

Sarah Sentilles

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Why Literature Matters: Helen Garner and Kim Scott at the Perth Festival
Helen Garner

Two Australian literary giants share the stage.

Rightly considered one of Australia’s greatest writers, Helen Garner has delighted, infuriated, confused, charmed and frustrated readers for over 40 years. Her latest book Everywhere I Look is a deeply personal collection of essays spanning 15 years of unexpected moments.

Together Kim Scott and Helen Garner shine a spotlight on the importance of literature in creating a sense of identity and belonging in Australia today.

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The Best of Adam Sharp: The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion on his latest novel at the Perth Festival
Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion’s latest novel, The Best of Adam Sharp, is about love, music and coming to terms with the past. He talks to poet and musician David McCooey at the Perth Festival about music trivia and love found, lost and found again.

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Everywhere I Look: Helen Garner on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary at the Perth Festival

Recently awarded the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism (for long-form journalism), Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and articulate writers and thinkers. She talks to author Alice Nelson at the Perth Festival about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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Two Steps Forward: What happens when you write a book with your partner? Perth Festival Event
Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Partners in life and writing, Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion talk to the ABC’s Gillian O'Shaughnessy at the Perth Festival about working on alternating chapters in their collaborative romantic novel,  Two Steps Forward, set on the Camino. 

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Sarah Krasnostein – The Trauma Cleaner  (ACT)
Sarah Krasnostein

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife… 

But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

Sandra’s many lives come together in The Trauma Cleaner, a break-out book of 2017, making numerous 'best of' lists, being taken up by book clubs across the country, and long-listed for the 2018 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Author Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead—and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

Meet Sarah, in conversation with Nikki Anderson.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)

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This I Would Kill For: Anne Buist in Conversation at the Perth Festival
Anne Buist

Novelist and psychiatrist Anne Buist talks to author Ray Glickman as part of the Perth Festival about her latest psychological thriller, This I Would Kill For, and about just how far parents will go to protect their children. 

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