Talking Writing Events

Talking Writing: Brooke Davis – 25 September

Our Talking Writing event for September features bestselling debut author Brooke Davis and some of the team from Hachette, the publishers of her heart-warming novel. Lost & Found is a ‘highly entertaining road trip and much, much more’ (The West Australian), ‘heartbreaking and funny and brilliant’ (Herald Sun), and ‘a lovely, whimsical story’ (Good Reading).

After seven-year old Millie Bird realises that all creatures are mortal, she begins to put together her own ‘Book of Dead Things’. After the death of her father, she meets two lost souls called Agatha and Carl. They start to break the rules to discover what living is all about.

Brooke Davis’ first novel has sparked a huge amount of buzz in Australia and overseas. Join us for a discussion between Brooke, her publisher Vanessa Radnidge, and a representative of Hachette’s marketing team on the themes of her novel and the making of a bestseller.

This event is free for members of the NSW Writers’ Centre. RSVP to Tickets for non-members are $10 and can be purchased here.

NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Lilyfield NSW 2040

Thursday 25 September, 6:30 – 8:00pm


Honouring Thea Astley – 23 August

‘The more you try to be interested in other people, the more you find out about yourself.’

Thea Astley

Sometimes we forget about the great when revelling in the new.  In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, the NSW Writers’ Centre addresses this by paying tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.

On the tenth anniversary of her death, we revisit or perhaps discover the works of Thea Astley, who won the Miles Franklin four times. A woman of sharp wit and deep humanity, Astley draws our eye back to that from which we may wish to turn away. She often wrote of the lush Queensland landscape but she grappled with those issues beneath the surface: cruelty and injustice towards Aborigines, women, and the marginalised.

Editor, critic and longtime friend Mark MacLeod joins author Debra Adelaide (The Household Guide to Dying), literary critic Susan Sheridan, and author Felicity Castagna (Small Indiscretions) to celebrate Thea Astley and her work.

This event will be held on Saturday 23 August, 2014 at the Metcalfe Auditorium in the Macquarie Street Building of the State Library. It will run from 2.00 PM to 3.15 PM.

Members of the NSW Writers’ Centre can attend this event for free but will need to make a booking. Non-members can purchase a ticket for $10. To book your tickets, click here.


To look at previous events in our Talking Writing series, click here.

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