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Writers Weekend

Emerging Voices

With Thomas Simpson, Alan Fyfe & Vivien Stuart

Emerging Voices Sun 25 Feb Theatre, State Library of Western Australia $24
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Sun 25 Feb at Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

Thomas Simpson (Bone Picker), Alan Fyfe (T) and Vivien Stuart (Acacia House) were shortlisted for the Emerging Writers Prize at the 2023 WA Premier's Book Awards. They talk about their current work and their journeys as writers. This session will be facilitated by Chenée Marrapodi.

Thomas Simpson

Thomas is a poet and sound artist based in WA. He is completing a PhD at Deakin University combining walking, ecopoetry and soundscape ecology in South-West WA. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Westerly, Axon, Voiceworks, The Brazen Head and Into the Wetlands. His first poetry collection Bone Picker (Ginninderra Press) was published in 2022 and shortlisted in the 2023 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

Alan Fyfe

Alan is a Jewish writer, from the unceded country of the Noongar Nation in Western Australia, whose verse and prose can be found in Westerly, Overland, Australian Poetry Journal and Cottonmouth. He was an inaugural editor of UWA creative writing journal Trove and a prose editor for American web journal, Unlikely Stories. Alan is a winner of the Karl Popper Philosophy Award, was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, won second in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize and has been selected as a Four Centres Emerging writer for 2022/23. His first novel, T, received shortlistings for both the T.A.G Hungerford Prize (Australia) and the Chaffinch Press Aware Prize (Ireland). Alan’s poetry collection, G-d, Sleep, and Chaos was awarded silver for the Flying Islands unpublished manuscript award and will be published with Gazebo Books in 2024. Most recently, T was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award.

Vivien Stuart

Vivien has been a general nurse, midwife and palliative care nurse. Her combined passions for writing and palliative care culminated in a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Western Australia. She currently works with Palliative Care WA and continues her life-long caring role for family, friends and environment. Her novel, Acacia House, has been shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford and Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

Chenée Marrapodi

Chenée is a Western Australian author and journalist. A love of storytelling led Chenée to a career in journalism, where she has worked for many years across television, online and radio news. She is currently a producer for Channel Nine News and the host of the 'Writers off the Page' podcast. Chenée's love of words is rivalled only by her love of dance. Combining the two, her middle grade novel One Wrong Turn was published in 2023, with the sequel arriving in 2024.


Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

2pm Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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