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Megan Abbott

In 2012 I talked to Megan Abbott, American Edgar®-winning crime novelist and was happy to meet her again on August 27th at the Melbourne Writers Festival. We talked about her most recent exploration of teenage female psychology in her latest novel You Will Know Me and how young people are primed for success but not for failure. Megan also talked about the instabilities of race, gender and sexuality that make the ‘tough guy’, seem not so tough after all and how this might be playing out in Trump’s America. After the interview I attended a session ‘The Dark Side...

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Love Your Bookshop Day

On August 8th I visited Torquay Books on the Surf Coast for ‘Love your Bookshop Day’ and had a ‘Conversation’ with author ELIZA HENRY JONES whose debut novel In the Quiet was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was longlisted in the Indie Awards and ABIA Awards. Her second novel Ache has recently been released. It’s a story spanning four generations of women against the background of bushfire trauma and our discussion covered the impetus for the story, the process and whether her training as a grief...

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Migration, Refugees and Hope

On May 13th I facilitated an event at the 2017 Queenscliffe Literary Festival for a session entitled ‘Migration, Refugees and Hope.’ Writers Mariam Issa  and Alec Patric  discussed issues including migration, multiculturalism (and its threats), the power of storytelling and some unexpected insights into the possibilities of a world which we increasingly find extremely threatening and complicated. ——————————————————————————————————————————–  PlayStop X...

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Author visits home town

For me here are the landscapes of my childhood – the Murray, the Coorong, the coastline of Port Elliot and VictorHarbour, the Adelaide Hills and the city itself. Directly and indirectly they are part of my writing. Murray Bridge is a huge part of my family’s story.— On April 14th I was invited to present an event at the library in Murray Bridge, South Australia, the country town in which I grew up. here is the audio of that event. —————————————————–   PlayStop...

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Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria

On February 17th I was invited to speak at a Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria and chose as my theme: ‘Where do writers come from?’ I sketched the story of my life and how it had fed into my writing, particularly how my family stories had seeped into the writing of ‘Estuary’ —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– PlayStop...

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