Authors on the Red Carpet

Authors on the Red Carpet Sun 23 Feb 11.30am Murdoch Lecture Theatre Sun 23 Feb 11.30am Murdoch Lecture Theatre FREE
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Sun 23 Feb 11.30am at Murdoch Lecture Theatre FREE

Western Australian author A.J. Betts’ novel Zac & Mia was adapted into an American television program, Craig Silvey’s 2009 book Jasper Jones has had multiple adaptations for theatre and film, and Barry Jonsberg’s My Life as an Alphabet has just been turned into a new film H is for Happiness. The authors discuss the surprises, challenges and their stories of screen adaptations in a session facilitated by Brendan Ritchie.

A.J. Betts is a Fremantle-based author, speaker, teacher and cyclist. Her latest work is a two-book speculative fiction series comprising Hive (2018) and Rogue (2019) published by Pan Macmillan. Her award-winning third novel, Zac & Mia, is available in 14 countries and its American television adaptation won two Daytime Emmys in 2018. Her earlier novels are Wavelength and Shutterspeed.

In 2019 Betts graduated with a PhD in the topic of Wonder from ECU. 

Barry Jonsberg is an award-winning Australian author based in Darwin. He has won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Queensland Premier's Young Adult Book Award, the Gold Inky Award, the Children's Peace Literature Award, the Indie Book Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, amongst others. His latest work is the 2018 novel A Song Only I Can Hear. His 2013 novel My Life as an Alphabet has just been adapted into a new Australian film called H is for Happiness.

Craig Silvey’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and has since become a bestseller and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a prestigious Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisting.

Silvey’s work has been successfully adapted for stage and screen. A film adaptation of his 2012 graphic novella The Amber Amulet was awarded a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sell out stage adaptations of Jasper Jones have been mounted across Australia by MTC, Belvoir Theatre Company, BGTC, QT and STCSA, and have yielded four Helpmann Award nominations, including Best Play.

In 2015, Silvey co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jasper Jones, which was directed by Rachel Perkins and starred Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving. Jasper Jones was nominated in six categories at the AACTA awards, including Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. Craig also won Best Feature Film Adaptation at the 2016 AWGIE Awards.

Silvey continues to work in film, with two features presently in development: The Prospector, a period western set in the goldfields of Australia, and The Cage In The Wild, a survival thriller set in the forests of the south-west.

Time & Location

Sun 23 Feb 11.30am


Murdoch Lecture Theatre, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009


Free Event

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