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Writers Weekend

Fellow Writers

Mabel Gibson, Sarah Ayoub, Chris Womersley & Patrick Mullins

Fellow Writers 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

A book is a labour of love that takes time and money to produce. Fellowships and grants provide opportunities for authors to develop their craft and specific works towards the goal of publication.

Mabel Gibson (Maar Bidi, Three Can Keep a Secret), Sarah Ayoub (The Cult of Romance), Chris Womersley (Ordinary Gods and Monsters) and Patrick Mullins (Who Needs the ABC?), talk about the value and opportunities offered by grants and fellowships.

Chris Womersley and Patrick Mullins are the 2023 Copyright Agency Fellowship winners, and Mabel Gibson through Night Parrot Press is the recipient of a DLGSCI Creative Development grant. Sarah Ayoub sits on the board of the Australian Society of Authors who offer mentorships and a Blake Beckett Trust grant for writers.

While they may be worlds apart in their journeys, for this panel they come together in a convergence of insight and creativity to speak about their writing and their fellowship projects. This session will be facilitated by Laurie Steed.

Chris Womersley

Chris is the best-selling author of six novels, Ordinary Gods & Monsters, The Diplomat, City of Crows, Cairo, Bereft and The Low Road, in addition to the short story collection A Lovely and Terrible Thing. His work has been translated into French, German, Polish, Croatian, Turkish, Spanish and Vietnamese. Bereft won the Indie Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the ASL Gold Medal and The Gold Dagger Award. Cairo was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. Chris' short fiction has won or been shortlisted for several international prizes, including the BBC International Short Story Award and the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize, and has been published in Granta, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Best Australian Stories. He lives in Melbourne.

Patrick Mullins

Patrick is a Canberra-based writer. He is the author of three books, including Tiberius with a Telephone: the life and stories of William McMahon (Scribe, 2018), which won the 2020 National Biography Award and 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and The Trials of Portnoy (Scribe, 2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 ACT Book of the Year and the 2021 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He has a PhD from the University of Canberra and is a visiting fellow at the National Centre for Biography, at the ANU.

Laurie Steed

Laurie is a writer living and working on the lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people. He is the author of You Belong Here, published in 2018 and Love, Dad, published in 2023. His short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Age and elsewhere. He completed his PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Western Australia in 2015 and is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency and The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. He lives with his wife and two children in Boorloo (Perth), Western Australia.

Sarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub is a freelance journalist, bestselling author and academic based in Sydney, Australia. Her bylines have appeared in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Marie-Claire, ELLE, Sydney Review of Books, and more, and she regularly appears at many of Australia's major literary festivals.

Sarah is the author of three teen novels, including the Inky-longlisted The Yearbook Committee, and three
children's picture books, including The Love that Grew and How to be a Friend. She has completed a PhD examining the narratives of culturally diverse girls in Australian teen literature; lectures in journalism and writing at the University of Sydney; and sits on the board of the Australian Society of Authors.

Mabel Gibson

Mabel Gibson is a 24 year old Yamatji woman who grew up in Albany (Kinjarling). Her work has been published in all three of Night Parrot Press’s anthologies, Portside Review and was featured in Magabala Book’s Maar Bidi: Next Generation Black Writing.

Mabel has sat on various panels at Perth Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Mable hopes
to one day become a publisher with a particular interest in publishing the works of first nations people.

Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

12pm Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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