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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.
Pip Williams, in conversation with The Age Literary Editor and perennial WAM favourite, Jason Steger.
Debra Dank and Kathryn Heyman speak with author Gina Perry about their personal stories and how they approached writing them.
Grace Chan and T.R. Napper discuss science fiction, AI, virtual reality and what it means to be human, with Kate Mildenhall.
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
Jason Steger talks to local authors Shelley Burr and Margaret Hickey about their latest crime fiction novels.
Sher Rill Ng, Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard talk to YA author Karen Ginnane about illustration, collaboration and superpowers.
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.
Kate Mildenhall talks to authors Kathryn Heyman, T.R. Napper and Irma Gold about their first and subsequent publishing experiences.
Jock Serong talks to Margaret Hickey and T.R. Napper about the ways and whys of their novels being described as noir fiction.
Jason Steger talks to Nardi Simpson, Eliza Henry-Jones and Jock Serong about historical trauma and the spirit of place in their novels.
Patti Miller and Lee Kofman talk to Eliza Henry-Jones about creativity, memory and truth in storytelling.
Michelle de Kretser, Keir Wilkins and Amal Awad get at the heart of what’s essential to storytelling, with Margaret Hickey.
Gabrielle Wang, Gary Lonesborough and Eliza Hull discuss the importance of diversity and representation in writing for children and young people, with Yves Rees.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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