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Sarah Krasnostein and Louise le Nay at Dunkeld Writers Festival: HOLDING UP A MIRROR: BIOGRAPHY, IMAGINATION AND MEMOIR (VIC)

Joel Carnegie, ABC presenter, storymaker, and biographical playwright has created ‘The Storymakers Institute’. His podcast interviews are required listening for anyone interested in hearing writers talk about their works. He will explore, with Sarah Krasnostein (The Believer, The Trauma Cleaner) and Hamiltonian Louise le Nay (Edenhope), the highs and lows of the various forms and interplay between writing about people in a creative process. 

Chair: Joel Carnegie

Panellists: ​​Sarah Krasnostein, Louise le Nay

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Book Launch: The Wedding Forecast by Nina Kenwood (VIC)

Join us to celebrate the launch of Nina Kenwood's first novel for adults, The Wedding Forecast.

Anna was never going to have an easy time at her best friend’s wedding. She’s the bridesmaid; her ex, Joel, is a groomsman. But she’s determined to get through the festivities with a smile on her face. Despite the fact that Joel is bringing his new partner, Bianca. Despite the fact she’s stuck sharing a house with the newly in-love couple. And despite the fact Anna has just turned thirty and her life is not exactly where she thought it would be by now. Anna has all her feelings completely under control—right up until the moment Joel drops a bombshell that rocks her to her core.

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Book Launch: The Degenerates by Raeden Richardson (VIC)

Join us to celebrate the launch of Raeden Richardson's The Degenerates.
Raeden will be in conversation with Nam Le.

Following the interwoven lives of four characters across India, Australia and the United States, the novel takes root in Melbourne and brings its streets, shopping centres and laneways to life with astounding originality – the city may never be the same again.

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Book Launch: The Best Witch in Paris by Lauren Crozier (NSW)

Join us to celebrate the launch of the 2023 Text Prize winner, The Best Witch in Paris by Lauren Crozier! A magical middle-grade adventure featuring an array of enchanting characters, exotic settings, a deliciously sinister antihero and an intriguing mystery to be solved.

Luna rides a battered old broom that keeps crashing itself into the school pond. She has a witch’s hat and wand and sometimes she’s quite good at magic, but she isn’t completely sure that she’s a real witch. She doesn’t have a familiar for one thing, and she doesn’t know where she came from-only that she was found by three witches who she now calls her aunts. When she swaps her moonstone ring for an Australian boobook owl in the Lost Forest, the mysterious bird seller makes her promise to keep the bird hidden for as long as she can. This is not easy when you live with very inquisitive aunts. And it’s not easy when you find out that the fearsome Madame Valadon, the Best Witch in Paris, is missing her boobook owl and she’s sure that Luna knows something about it.

Could it be that Luna has Madame Valadon’s boobook? Why then did the mysterious bird seller give it to Luna? Why did she say the bird belonged to her? A familiar can only belong to one witch, after all. Luna has lots of questions-the biggest one of all is who she really is.

Fun and funny and full of life, The Best Witch in Paris is a delightful story of courage and self-belief, with colourful characters, fabulous magic and a puzzling mystery at its core.

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Book Launch: The Burrow by Melanie Cheng (VIC)

Join us to celebrate the launch of Melanie Cheng's The Burrow.

Amy, Jin and Lucie are leading isolated lives in their partially renovated, inner city home. They are not happy, but they are also terrified of change. When they buy a pet rabbit for Lucie, and then Amy's mother, Pauline, comes to stay, the family is forced to confront long-buried secrets. Will opening their hearts to the rabbit help them to heal or only invite further tragedy?

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