Literature in Joondalup

Literature in Joondalup Mon 22 – Thu 25 Feb Joondalup Library Mon 22 – Thu 25 Feb Joondalup Library FREE
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Mon 22 – Thu 25 Feb at Joondalup Library, FREE

Presented in association with The Literature Centre

We join forces with The Literature Centre to offer talks and conversations with a fantastic mix of genres and first time authors at the Joondalup Library.

Mon 22 Feb | Yuot A Alaak Father Of The Lost Boys

This is a story of love, loyalty, the power of the pen and what it means to be a refugee. Yuot’s memoir of his father’s four year trek leading 20,000 South Sudanese boys from Ethiopian refugee camps, through Sudan and finally to relative safety in Kenya, will horrify, move and inspire you.

Tue 23 Feb | Sophie McNeill We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know (now appearing via Zoom)

Join Sophie McNeill – blunt, passionate, self-effacing and charming – as she compels us to read her confronting account of the repercussions of the horrors of the ever present violence in the Middle East on ‘ordinary’ people. Acclaimed internationally as an investigative reporter, Sophie has now turned to advocacy and challenges us to follow suit.

Wed 24 Feb | Alexander Thorpe Death Leaves the Station

Alexander Thorpe’s debut novel, Death Leaves the Station, adapts the ‘cosy crime’ genre, typically encompassing gradually revealed clues, red herrings and an eccentric amateur detective. Join Alexander as he explains why he places his four richly diverse characters and ingenious plot in the northern Wheatbelt and Fremantle of 1927.

Thu 25 Feb | Holden Sheppard Invisible Boys

Authentic, raw, gut-wrenching, heartfelt and important, Holden Sheppard’s multi award-winning debut novel speaks to, and for, an experience of homophobia in country towns. Join him as he explores the growing relationship, with him and his text, and the English Teachers and Librarians – ‘the gatekeepers’ - who determine whether his book will reach their students.



Sophie McNeill
Sophie McNeill is an investigative reporter for Four Corners. A former foreign correspondent based in the Middle East for the ABC, she’s worked across the region, including in countries such as Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey and Gaza. Sophie has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and in 2010 won a Walkley Award for her investigation into the killing of five children in Afghanistan by Australian Special Forces soldiers. She was also nominated for a Walkley in 2015 for her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis. Sophie previously worked as a reporter for the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and SBS’s Dateline and is a former host of triple j’s news and current affairs program Hack. We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know is her first book.

Yuot A Alaak
Yuot A Alaak is an emerging Western Australian writer whose short story ‘The lost girl of Pajomba’ was anthologised by Margaret River Press in Ways of Being Here. He was a panellist at the 2017 Perth Writers Festival and his memoir Father of the Lost Boys was shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and was published in 2020.

Yuot is a former child refugee from South Sudan and was part of the globally known ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’. He currently lives in Perth with his family where he works as a mining professional, having attained degrees in the geosciences and engineering. When not writing or mining, Yuot loves to relax with family and friends over a barbecue.

Holden Sheppard
Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys won numerous accolades including the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Book Prize for an Emerging Writer. Holden’s writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, Page Seventeen, Indigo journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology (Margaret River Press, 2019). He has also written for 10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA magazine and FasterLouder. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Writing WA and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA. Holden is a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French.

Alexander Thorpe
Alexander Thorpe is from Fremantle, Western Australia. He has written advertising copy for pool cleaners and concrete supply companies, taught English in Joseph Stalin’s hometown and almost managed to read half of James Joyce’s Ulysses twice (which is more or less the same as having almost managed to read the whole book). Alex has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies and educational providers, and has recently published his first novel, Death Leaves the Station.

Time & Location

Mon 22 – Thu 25 Feb

6pm for a 6.30pm start

Joondalup Library, 102 Boas Ave, Joondalup




Free Event

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