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Writers Weekend

High Concept

With Carrie Cox, Sarah Ayoub, Amanda Bridgeman & Holly Craig

High Concept Sun 25 Feb Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia $24
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Sun 25 Feb at Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

Carrie Cox (Storylines), Sarah Ayoub (The Cult of Romance), Amanda Bridgeman (Sound of Light) and Holly Craig (The Rip) embrace their chosen genres in search of compelling, unique narratives. They talk about writing popular, powerful fiction in this panel session facilitated by Tess Woods.

Carrie Cox

Carrie is a senior journalist and author based in Perth, Western Australia. She has published a non-fiction book, You Take The High Road and I’ll Take The Bus, based on her weekly satirical column for multiple Australian newspapers, and three novels, Afternoons With Harvey Beam (Fremantle Press 2018), So Many Beats of the Heart (Affirm Press 2022) and Storylines (Affirm Press 2023). Carrie was the recipient of a 2023 Varuna Fellowship.

Amanda Bridgeman

Amanda is a two-time Scribe Award winner, a two-time Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar Awards finalist and author of several novels and short stories. She is also a screenwriter. Her original fiction includes the sci-fi crime thriller The Subjugate, which is being developed for TV by Anonymous Content and Aquarius Films and is being studied at two German Universities (Düsseldorf and Cologne) as part of a program on Australian speculative fiction, in conjunction with the Centre for Australian Studies. Amanda's media tie-in fiction includes that written for Marvel (X-Men), Black Library (Warhammer 40k), and Z-Man Games (Pandemic).

Holly Craig

Holly is a Western Australian author. Her debut thriller novel, The Shallows (2023) is published by Thomas & Mercer, the thriller and crime imprint of Amazon Publishing. The Shallows became an instant Amazon #1 bestseller in the US, UK and Australia. Her second novel, The Rip, set on Rottnest Island, will be published in 2024. Holly is also published with Audible UK and Czech Republic publisher, Cosmopolis. She is represented by Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency in London. Holly teaches adult writers how to write for publication from FAWWA in Swanbourne. She runs writing masterclasses and retreats, offers manuscript and editing services, privately mentors writers and co-hosts a popular podcast, 'Off The Page', with author, Polly Phillips, which centres around the ups and downs of being an author.

Tess Woods

Tess is a physiotherapist and bestselling and award-winning author of three contemporary fiction novels. Her books have sold into North America and Europe and her latest novel, The Venice Hotel, is due for release with Penguin Random House in September 2024. Tess has mentored many aspiring writers through her local and international writing retreats as well as volunteer mentoring young writers in schools. She is passionate about social justice and created Meals by Mums, a volunteer group that has cooked meals for people in need in Perth for the past 10 years. Tess is a passionate baker and reader, she’s a free little library steward and she lives on the north coast of Perth with her family.

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.

Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

4pm Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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