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Writers Weekend

State of the Arts

With Amal Awad, Niki Savva & Karen Herbert

State of the Arts 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

Journalist Amal Awad (Bitter & Sweet), crime fiction writer Karen Herbert (Vertigo), YA author Seth Malacari (An Unexpected Party) and journalist Niki Savva (Bulldozed) debate the realities of working in different literary genres and dissect who gets to speak and why in contemporary culture. This session will be facilitated by Josephine Taylor.

Niki Savva

Niki is an author and columnist for the The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is a regular panellist on ABC's Insiders. She has written four books, beginning with So Greek. Her other three books, chronicling the coups and chaos which beset the Liberal Government – The Road to Ruin, which was awarded best non-fiction prize by ABIA, Plots and Prayers and Bulldozed – have all been best sellers.

Karen Herbert

Karen is the author of The River Mouth (2021) and The Cast Aways of Harewood Hall (2022). She spent her childhood in Geraldton on the mid-west coast of Australia, attending local schools before moving to Perth to study at The University of Western Australia where she attained a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Science in Applied Psychology. Karen has worked in aged care, disability services, higher education, Indigenous land management, social housing and the public sector, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Board Member of The Intelife Group and Advocare, and President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). Karen lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, Ross, and the occasional fledgling.

Dr Josephine Taylor

Josephine is a writer and editor and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edith Cowan University. Her debut novel, Eye of a Rook (Fremantle Press, 2021), was shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Book Awards and her creative and critical writing has been anthologised and published widely. Josephine is regularly requested as a teacher, mentor, moderator and judge in literary fiction and creative non-fiction. She was a 2022 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, where she began work on her second novel.

Amal Awad

Amal is a writer, director and performer. As a journalist, she has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, ELLE and Frankie, and has produced and presented for ABC Radio National.

Amal is the author of eight books, which include both fiction and non-fiction titles. Her latest novel, Bitter & Sweet, was released last year and her first novel, Courting Samira, also had its US/UK release in 2023.

Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

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



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