WAM Through the Years

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2023

WAM 2023 - My Calling: Racheal Oak Butler & We Come With This Place: Debra Dank & Michelle Evans
Wednesday 18 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - My Calling: Racheal Oak Butler & We Come With This Place: Debra Dank & Michelle Evans

Begins with a performance of Racheal Oak Butler's moving monologue, My Calling, followed by Debra Dank delving into her multi-award-winning memoir, We Come With This Place, with host Michelle Evans.

– 1 hour 5 minutes 55 seconds
WAM 2023 - Book of the Festival: The Bookbinder of Jericho: Pip Williams
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Book of the Festival: The Bookbinder of Jericho: Pip Williams

Pip Williams, in conversation with The Age Literary Editor and perennial WAM favourite, Jason Steger.

– 1 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
WAM 2023 - Deep in the Story: Debra Dank and Kathryn Heyman
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Deep in the Story: Debra Dank and Kathryn Heyman

Debra Dank and Kathryn Heyman speak with author Gina Perry about their personal stories and how they approached writing them.

– 55 minutes 53 seconds
WAM 2023 - Artificial Realities: Grace Chan and T.R. Napper
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Artificial Realities: Grace Chan and T.R. Napper

Grace Chan and T.R. Napper discuss science fiction, AI, virtual reality and what it means to be human, with Kate Mildenhall.

– 1 hour 2 minutes 11 seconds
WAM 2023 - Prudish Nation: Paul Dalgrano
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Prudish Nation: Paul Dalgrano

Liz Duck-Chong talks to Paul Dalgarno about his newly released non-fiction work, Prudish Nation.

– 45 minutes 28 seconds
WAM 2023 - Mum's the Word: Gina Perry, Paul Dalgarno, Rijn Collins
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Mum's the Word: Gina Perry, Paul Dalgarno, Rijn Collins

Paul Dalgarno, Rijn Collins, and Gina Perry talk to Irma Gold about the themes in their novels and the personal and familial secrets and taboos that propel their stories. * Please note that this session included a Yarnbomb from Ruth Davys which is

– 50 minutes 59 seconds
WAM 2023 - Killing it! with Shelley Burr and Margaret Hickey
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Killing it! with Shelley Burr and Margaret Hickey

Jason Steger talks to local authors Shelley Burr and Margaret Hickey about their latest crime fiction novels.

– 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
WAM 2023 - Drawing Inspiration: Sher Rill Ng, Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - Drawing Inspiration: Sher Rill Ng, Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard

Sher Rill Ng, Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard talk to YA author Karen Ginnane about illustration, collaboration and superpowers.

– 1 hour 9 minutes 9 seconds
WAM 2023 - The Hummingbird Effect: Kate Mildenhall
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - The Hummingbird Effect: Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall chats with Paul Dalgarno about combining historical and speculative fiction and how her fears and hopes for the future informed her new novel.

– 46 minutes 55 seconds
WAM 2023 - The First Time: Publishing: Kathryn Heyman, T.R. Napper and Irma Gold
Wednesday 11 October 2023
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WAM 2023 - The First Time: Publishing: Kathryn Heyman, T.R. Napper and Irma Gold

Kate Mildenhall talks to authors Kathryn Heyman, T.R. Napper and Irma Gold about their first and subsequent publishing experiences.

– 1 hour 13 minutes 43 seconds

2022

WAM 2022 - Scary monsters: Michelle de Kretser
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Scary monsters: Michelle de Kretser

Jason Steger talks to Michelle de Kretser about her surprising double-sided novel, Scary Monsters.

– 1 hour 7 minutes 11 seconds
WAM 2022 - Shades of Noir: Margaret Hickey and T.R. Napper
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Shades of Noir: Margaret Hickey and T.R. Napper

Jock Serong talks to Margaret Hickey and T.R. Napper about the ways and whys of their novels being described as noir fiction.

– 59 minutes 35 seconds
WAM 2022 - Notes from a transition: Yves Rees
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Notes from a transition: Yves Rees

Matthew Ruby talks to Yves Rees about their journey of transition and re-becoming, beyond the gender binary.

– 57 minutes 31 seconds
WAM 2022 - Haunting stories: Nardi Simpson, Eliza Henry-Jones and Jock Serong
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Haunting stories: Nardi Simpson, Eliza Henry-Jones and Jock Serong

Jason Steger talks to Nardi Simpson, Eliza Henry-Jones and Jock Serong about historical trauma and the spirit of place in their novels.

– 1 hour 4 minutes 29 seconds
WAM 2022 - Truth and Storytelling: Patti Miller, Lee Kofman, and Eliza Henry-Jones
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Truth and Storytelling: Patti Miller, Lee Kofman, and Eliza Henry-Jones

Patti Miller and Lee Kofman talk to Eliza Henry-Jones about creativity, memory and truth in storytelling.

– 1 hour 0 minutes 19 seconds
WAM 2022 - Storytelling essentials: Michelle de Kretser, Keir Wilkins and Amal Awad
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Storytelling essentials: Michelle de Kretser, Keir Wilkins and Amal Awad

Michelle de Kretser, Keir Wilkins and Amal Awad get at the heart of what’s essential to storytelling, with Margaret Hickey.

– 1 hour 1 minutes 54 seconds
WAM 2022 - Creating Culture: Gabrielle Wang, Gary Lonesborough and Eliza Hull
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - Creating Culture: Gabrielle Wang, Gary Lonesborough and Eliza Hull

Gabrielle Wang, Gary Lonesborough and Eliza Hull discuss the importance of diversity and representation in writing for children and young people, with Yves Rees.

– 1 hour 0 minutes 41 seconds
WAM 2022 - A World of Possibilities: Jeff Sparrow
Wednesday 21 December 2022
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WAM 2022 - A World of Possibilities: Jeff Sparrow

Yves Rees talks to Jeff Sparrow about climate change, capitalism, and the power of people just like you and me to change the tide of history.

– 1 hour 4 minutes 14 seconds

2021

Dymocks presents Pip Williams **
Thursday 23 September 2021
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Dymocks presents Pip Williams **

Margaret Hickey talks to Pip Williams about her much loved debut novel. Dymocks presents Pip Williams was part of the Write Around the Murray program for 2021

– 1 hour 5 minutes 16 seconds
WAM 2021: Complicated Love
Thursday 23 September 2021
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WAM 2021: Complicated Love

Complicated Love with Sofie Laguna, Emily Maguire, Campbell Mattinson and Jason Steger

– 1 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
WAM 2021: Creating Captivating Children's Books
Thursday 23 September 2021
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WAM 2021: Creating Captivating Children's Books

Creating Captivating Children's Books with Ursula Dubosarsky, Sofie Laguna, Leigh Hobbs and Lisa Walker

– 59 minutes 39 seconds
WAM 2021: Humour & Heart
Thursday 23 September 2021
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WAM 2021: Humour & Heart

WAM 2021: Humour & Heart with Fiona Scott-Norman, Judy Horacek, Rick Morton and Lisa Walker

– 1 hour 0 minutes 19 seconds
WAM 2021: Historical Frictions
Thursday 23 September 2021
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WAM 2021: Historical Frictions

Historical Frictions with Anita Heiss, Dorothy Simmons, Jock Serong and Jason Steger.

– 1 hour 2 minutes 46 seconds
WAM 2021: Seismic Shifts
Thursday 23 September 2021
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WAM 2021: Seismic Shifts

WAM 2021: Seismic Shifts with Delia Falconer, Rick Morton and Ailsa Piper

– 1 hour 6 minutes 26 seconds
Women Doing Politics Differently
Friday 12 March 2021
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Women Doing Politics Differently

In celebration of International Women’s Day, La Trobe University and Write Around the Murray present a panel discussion on the historical and contemporary experience of women in politics. Featuring Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics at

– 1 hour 14 minutes 15 seconds

2020

Present Tense. Our Uneasy Inheritance
Monday 14 September 2020
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Present Tense. Our Uneasy Inheritance

Both searing yet beautiful, the poetry and prose of Ellen van Neerven traces the continuing dispossession and violence that are our country’s uneasy inheritance. Ellen speaks with Dr Jeanine Leane about their powerful new poetry collection, Throat.

– 1 hour 3 minutes 11 seconds
Animal Magnetism
Monday 14 September 2020
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Animal Magnetism

Prehistoric animals, a pandemic and climate catastrophe are at the pointy ends of a three-way conversation between the latest novels of Chris Flynn, Laura Jean McKay and James Bradley. Jane Rawson explores an uncanny confluence of science,

– 1 hour 15 minutes 46 seconds
Criminal Types
Monday 14 September 2020
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Criminal Types

Jason Steger chats with them about font crimes, typomania and a P.I. who is many things, including deaf. This event will be Auslan interpreted.

– 1 hour 14 minutes 45 seconds
Body Count
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Body Count

Respected journalist Paddy Manning tells stories of tragedy, loss, heroism and resilience, in a book that is both monument and warning in his account of the human toll of climate change. With Jane Rawson.

– 46 minutes 6 seconds
Past Tense. History: What is it good for?
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Past Tense. History: What is it good for?

With Professor Clare Wright at the helm, we hear from Megan Davis, Tony Birch, Lucy Treloar, Chris Flynn and James Dunk responding to the NSW History Week theme, History: What is it good for?

– 1 hour 32 minutes 5 seconds
A Room Made of Leaves
Sunday 13 September 2020
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A Room Made of Leaves

A Room Made of Leaves turns historical fiction inside out. It is a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of the present and reveals its urgent implications for our future. Don’t miss Kate Grenville in conversation

– 1 hour 0 minutes 21 seconds
Bedlam
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Bedlam

In Bedlam at Botany Bay, historian James Dunk looks at how mental illness surfaced in colonial New South Wales. Weaving a narrative of freedom and possibility, unravel and collapse, he traces the path of people who found themselves at the edge of

– 48 minutes 21 seconds
Somebody's Story
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Somebody's Story

Working in various mediums including film, theatre and podcast, our panellists showcase recent projects and discuss the delicate art of working with the stories of others, working regionally, and working through Covid. With Alyson Evans, Helen

– 1 hour 9 minutes 1 seconds
WAM 2020 Program Launch: Future Tense
Friday 31 July 2020
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WAM 2020 Program Launch: Future Tense

Future Tense launches the WAM 2020 program and gives you a taste of what's to come when we delve further into the festival theme, Past Lives/Present Tense. Lucy Treloar and James Bradley's recent novels, Wolfe Island and Ghost Species, inhabit

– 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
Psychogeography: discover the secrets of the streets
Monday 29 June 2020
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Psychogeography: discover the secrets of the streets

Many writers have been inspired by walking in urban environments - among them Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Charles Baudelaire and Rebecca Solnit. But you don't have to live in Paris, London or San Francisco to find mystery on your doorstep. This

– 58 minutes 11 seconds
Short Stories
Tuesday 2 June 2020
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Short Stories

Kate Rotherham in conversation with Lucy Treloar about the art of short story writing, what they love and what tips they have for aspiring writers.​

– 47 minutes 53 seconds

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