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Writers Weekend

Younger, Stranger Tales

With Graham Akhurst & Madeline Te Whiu

Younger, Stranger Tales Sun 25 Feb Theatre, State Library of Western Australia $24
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Sun 25 Feb at Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

Graham Akhurst (Borderland) and Madeline Te Whiu (The Soul Thief) are two writers unafraid to meld the real and unreal in their work. Here they talk about the intersections between fact and fantasy and why they chose both mythology as a form and young adult/new adult fantasy as their genre to explore good and evil. This session will be facilitated by Michelle Johnston.

Graham Akhurst

Graham is a Kokomini writer who grew up in Meanjin. He is a lecturer of Australian Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing at UTS. As a Fulbright Scholar, Graham took his love for writing to New York City, where he studied for an MFA in Fiction at Hunter College. He is a board member for the First Nations Artists and Writers Network and Varuna. He lives with his wife on Gadigal Country in Sydney. Borderland is his first novel.

Madeline Te Whiu

Madeleine is a debut author publishing the first of The Soul Thief Trilogy with New Dawn in late 2022. Madeline is a veterinary nurse residing Perth, Western Australia along with her husband, dog, two cats and small flock of chickens. Her passion for books began when she was growing up in rural South Australia. She has always had an avidity for reading, especially fantasy, with her favourite authors being Peter V. Brett, Kristin Cashore and CL Wilsom, just to name a few.

Michelle Johnston

Michelle is both an emergency physician and author. On good days it is difficult to tell the difference. Her first novel, Dustfall, was published in 2018 by UWA Publishing and was short-listed for the MUD debut literary fiction prize. Her second novel is Tiny Uncertain Miracles, published November 2022 with HarperCollins 4th Estate. Her day (and sometimes night) job plays out in an inner-city trauma hospital, the well-spring of infinite human stories.

Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

3pm Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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