Dianne Wolfer and Elaine Forrestal are both well-loved and well-established writers who have published a shelfload of historical children’s fiction between them. Settle in for a great podcast as the pair go in-depth on their writing process, and share tips on how to research and write historical fiction.
Co-curated with Djed Press and edited by Rafeif Ismail and Ellen van Neerven, Unlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary Blak+Black Fiction provides the chance for established and emerging First Nations writers and Black writers to share the stories they wish had existed when they were growing up. The project was announced on Saturday 20 June as part of the panel ‘Bla(c)k Speculative Fiction’ at the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s National Writers’ Conference.
It’s Refugee Week and author of Father of the Lost Boys Yuot A. Alaak is celebrating by using the launch for his memoir to raise money for his new charitable foundation. Yuot has established the Ajang Alaak Foundation in his dad’s honour to help promote education, especially among vulnerable girls, both in Australia and in South Sudan, Ajang Alaak Foundation. Tickets to the launch are $10, with all funds going to the foundation. Details are below, but first hear from Yuot as he shares some of his experiences with us and tells us more about the book.
Recorded at Perth Festival’s Literature and Ideas Weekend, this podcast is a live recording of the seminar ‘A Day in the Life of Bestselling Authors and Booksellers’, hosted by Holden Sheppard, with guests Natasha Lester, Michael Earp, Allyce Cameron and Aisling Lawless.
The literary scene is more alive than ever, and we’re excited to share with you a line-up of events starring our authors in the next couple of weeks. For those interested in upping their writing skills, the talks and workshops below are great for aspiring poets, children and YA writers. Read on to find out where you can meet the authors in person or online.
A.J. Betts had the idea for Hive eight years before she commenced writing it and 13 years before it was released. In between, she published three books, won an Emmy Award and did a PhD in the topic of wonder. A.J. said the idea for Hive came to her while she was on the Graham Farmer Freeway in Perth: ‘The traffic was really slow and I noticed the drip in the tunnel and I thought, that’s weird … In what situation would a drip be a problem or a danger?’
Readings staff members have selected Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys for the shortlist of this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Established in 2016, the prize recognises exciting emerging voices in Australian young adult literature.