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Writers Weekend

When It All Falls Down

With Sarah Ayoub, Shankari Chandran, Emma Young & Caitlin Maling

When It All Falls Down 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

A raw and unfiltered panel featuring Sarah Ayoub (The Cult of Romance), Shankari Chandran (Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens), Emma Young (The Disorganisation of Celia Stone) and Caitlin Maling (Spore or Seed) in a discussion about motherhood, vulnerability and imperfection. This session will be facilitated by Melinda Tognini.

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.

Emma Young

Emma is a former bookseller, now journalist for WAtoday and author who has always traded in words. She has won nine WA Media Awards and three times been shortlisted for the Arthur Lovekin Prize for Excellence in Journalism. In 2018 she was selected for KSP Writers’ Centre 1st Edition Retreat, then for the 2018-19 Four Centres Emerging Writers’ Program. In 2019 her first fiction manuscript The Last Bookshop was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award and published by Fremantle Press in 2021. Her second novel, The Disorganisation of Celia Stone, was published in September 2023 by Fremantle Press.

Caitlin Maling

Caitlin is a Western Australian writer. She has published five books of poetry, been shortlisted in the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, received the Marten Bequest in Poetry and been awarded the Val Vallis Award, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize and the John Marsden Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published and anthologised widely across Australia and the US. She currently teaches creative writing at Curtin University and lives in Fremantle with her young family.

Melinda Tognini

Melinda’s creative work has been published in magazines and anthologies in Australia and the US. She is the author of Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia (Fremantle Press, 2015). Melinda is part of the Writing WA team, teaches life writing, family history and oral history at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University.

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

Sat 24 Feb

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



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