The Australian Short Story Festival takes place in Perth on 19–21 October, at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge (with some events at other venues). The festival’s creative director, Susan Midalia, has put together a wonderful program, which you can peruse here.
Guests include David Malouf, Maria Takolander, Roanna Gonsalves, Anthony Macris, Laura Elvery, Jennifer Down and an impressive list of local emerging and established writers. I’ve booked for several sessions and am looking forward to a stimulating weekend of discussion on fiction in its short form.
I’ll be presenting a workshop on historical fiction, It’s not just breeches and bloomers, on Friday 19 October, 1.30–4.30pm. If that’s of interest to you, here’s the link for booking.
The exhibition Being There—Kathleen O’Connor in Paris opened last night, at the Fremantle Arts Centre, on the eve of Kate’s 142nd birthday. This stunning exhibition of 56 works is drawn from her long career of six decades, and includes one of her student works from 1903 and her last (unfinished) work, dated 1965. It also features ephemera and some of her personal possessions—exhibition posters and invitations, her famous tortoiseshell bangles, a fragile 1913 Salon d’Automne catalogue, items that feature in her 1920s still lifes. The exhibition runs until 4 November, 10am – 5pm daily, and if you’re in the area, or visiting from elsewhere, I encourage you to drop in.
Alongside last night’s exhibition opening was the pre-release launch of Kathleen O’Connor of Paris. Mike Lefroy—author, historian and one of Kate’s great-nephews—gave a fabulous launch speech. I wish I’d recorded it! But here are a couple of photos.
I’ll be giving an author talk at the gallery on Saturday 22 September, and am really looking forward to having this wonderful opportunity to talk about the works in the exhibition and put them into the context of Kate’s life. Pre-release copies of the book will be available for purchase (ahead of the release in late October), and I’ll be signing after the talk.
If you’d like to come along to this free event, here are the details.
Author talk/book signing: Kathleen O’Connor of Paris,
in conjunction with the exhibition
Being There—Kathleen O’Connor in Paris
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street (corner of Finnerty and Ord streets), Fremantle
22 September 2018, 1–3pm
If you’re in the Mandurah area, or are close enough for a lovely drive, the Mandurah Readers & Writers Festival is on next week, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August. Guests include Michelle Johnston, Carrie Cox, Louise Allan, Dervla McTiernan and Laurie Steed.
I’m delighted to be sharing the opening session with the wonderful Liz Byrski (whose new novel, A Month of Sundays, has just been released). We’ll be talking about our books, our approach to writing, our inspirations—and anything else that chair Kathy Heys would like to ask us. There will be morning tea, too—always a bonus!
The session is free, but bookings are essential.
Meet Liz Byrski and Amanda Curtin
10–11.30am, Wednesday 22 August
Fishtrap Theatre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre,
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
We’d love to see you!
Perth Writers Week (19–25 February) is coming up soon, and I am looking forward to some fabulous sessions.
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to talk to Chris Womersley about his fascinating novel of 17th-century France, City of Crows, on Sunday 25 February, 11am.
If you’re keen to see recent 2, 2 and 2 guests Louise Allan and Michelle Johnston, they will be in conversation in a free session, ‘Doctors’ Writing Club’, on Saturday, 12.30pm. Michelle will also be talking about Dustfall on Sunday, 4.30pm; and Louise’s session on The Sisters’ Song is on Saturday, 9.30am.
I have booked a ticket for the ‘How to Read a Dress’ High Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday afternoon. Some years ago, I attended a talk on what vintage fashion can tell us about history, and I’m hoping to learn more from Lydia Edwards, author of How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century, in conversation with Natasha Lester.
I’ve also booked the following sessions:
And I’m hoping to catch some of the free sessions:
Other festival authors include Josephine Wilson, Heather Rose, Sofie Laguna, Rose Michael, Cory Doctorow, Tim Winton, Robert Drewe, Richard Fidler, Alan Carter, Deb Fitzpatrick…It’s very hard to make choices from such a wonderful program of offerings! Congratulations to Guest Curator Will Yeoman.