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Writers Weekend

The Glittering Prize

With Shankari Chandran, Brooke Dunnell & Molly Schmidt

The Glittering Prize Sat 24 Feb Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia $24
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Sat 24 Feb at Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

Shankari Chandran (Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens), Brooke Dunnell (The Glass House) and Molly Schmidt (Salt River Road) discuss how winning literary awards has shaped their still burgeoning literary careers and how they use their work to explore cultural realities. This session will be facilitated by Simone Lazaroo.

Shankari Chandran 

Shankari was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband and four children. In January 2017 she published her first book with Perera-Hussein, called Song of the Sun God. Her second book, The Barrier, was published in June 2017. Her novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens won the 2023 Miles Franklin Award.


Brooke Dunnell

Brooke is a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator. Her short fiction has been widely published, including in the short story collection Female(s and) Dogs, which was a finalist for the 2020 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Award. The unpublished manuscript for The Glass House was the winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award. Brooke has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Western Australia and lives in Boorloo (Perth) with her husband and two dogs.


Molly Schmidt

Molly is a writer and journalist from the coastal town of Albany, Western Australia. An only child, she grew up roaming paddocks and climbing paperbark trees on Menang Noongar country. When she was ten years old, her father lost his battle with terminal cancer. Molly began writing to process this loss and through written word has found healing, growth and her life path. Throughout both her journalism career and novel writing practice, Molly is passionate about producing stories that are inclusive of all members of her community. While writing Salt River Road, she collaborated with Noongar Elders from Albany, with the goal of producing a novel that actively pursues reconciliation between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal peoples. Molly completed a thesis on the topic at Curtin University in 2021, supervised by Professor Kim Scott and Dr Brett D’Arcy, for which she received First Class Honours. Salt River Road was the recipient of the 2022 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. By day, Molly works as a radio producer and journalist for the ABC.


Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke is the author of two books — Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. 

Time & Location

Sat 24 Feb

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



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