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Join local and international writers, thinkers and creative spirits to explore a world of ideas at the eighteenth edition of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.

The following Text authors are guests of the festival.

Sophie Cunningham
Geoff Dyer
Tim Flannery
Kate Holden
Lloyd Jones
David Marr
Sian Prior
Sally Rippin
Craig Sherborne
Diana Sweeney
Geordie Williamson
Clare Wright

For full details and bookings visit the Byron Bay Writers' Festival website.

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Reflect on some of the big issues in Australia today. Join Griffith REVIEW contributors at these Byron Bay Writers' Festival events.

The Uncertain Workplace, with Gideon Haigh, Ashley Hay, Colleen Ryan and chair Edna Carew. The Way We Work: Griffith REVIEW 45

Beyond Victims – The Challenge of Leadership, with Chris Sarra, Tony Birch, Wesley Enoch and chair Gideon Haigh. The Way We Work: Griffith REVIEW 45

The People Next Door – Spotlight on NZ, with Craig Cliff, Kate de Goldi, Carrie Tiffany, Emily Perkins and chair Lloyd Jones. Pacific Highways: Griffith REVIEW 43

Transforming Communities, with Wesley Enoch, Jim Hearn, Kate Veitch and chair Baden Offord. Cultural Solutions: Griffith REVIEW 44

Pitch Perfect. Susan Hornbeck (Griffith REVIEW), Henry Rosenbloom (Scribe) and Tim Gilliatt (Allen & Unwin) listen to author pitches and award a winner.

For full details and bookings visit the festival website.

Meet Geoff Dyer

An exclusive evening with Geoff Dyer, the author of Zona, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and Another Great Day at Sea.

Geoff Dyer is also the author of three previous novels including a critical study of John Berger and six other non-fiction books including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

UK-based Geoff Dyer contributes to numerous publications including the Observer, Guardian and New Statesman. He has also been described by Alain de Botton as his ‘favourite of all contemporary writers’.

There will be books available for purchase on the night and Geoff Dyer will be signing copies.

Powerhouse Theatre
Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington Street
New Farm, QLD

For more information visit Brisbane Powerhouse.

Wayne Macauley at Avid Reader

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It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend. Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories – each exposing the foibles of humankind. But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden.

Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia’s great writers.

Wayne Macauley is the author of the highly acclaimed novels: Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and The Cook, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

Avid Reader
193 Boundary St
West End, Qld
ph: (07) 3846 3422

Visit the Avid Reader website for more information.

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It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend. Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories – each exposing the foibles of humankind. But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden.

Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia’s great writers.

Wayne Macauley is the author of the highly acclaimed novels: Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and The Cook, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

The Avenue Bookstore
127 Dundas Place
Albert Park VIC
Tel 03 9690 2227
info@avenuebookstore.com.au

For more information visit The Avenue Bookstore website.

Sophie Cunningham—Warning

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When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974 it destroyed an entire city, left seventy-one people dead and ripped the heart out of Australia’s season of goodwill.

For the fortieth anniversary of the nation’s most iconic natural disaster, Sophie Cunningham has gone back to the eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the devastation—and those who faced the heartbreaking clean-up and the back-breaking rebuilding.

From the quiet stirring of the service-station bunting that heralded the catastrophe to the wholesale slaughter of the dogs that followed it, Cunningham brings to the tale a novelist’s eye for detail and an exhilarating narrative drive. And a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us now, as we face more—and more destructive—extreme weather with every year that passes.

Gleebooks
49 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW

Phone: 02 9660 2333

For bookings visit Gleebooks website.

An Evening with Sian Prior

Sian Prior has maintained a career in the public eye, as a broadcaster and performer, for more than twenty years. For far longer than that she has suffered from excruciating shyness. After investigating her condition, Sian found that while there are many factors that exacerbate her problem, her relationship with her famous partner provided security and a sense of belonging. Until he tells her he is leaving.

Ulysses Bookstore brings you Sian Prior as she talks about the journey to understanding and her new book, Shy: A Memoir.

Ulysses Bookstore
33 Melrose Street, Sandringham
Tickets: $7.50 which includes light refreshments and a glass of wine.
Doors open at 7:15 pm

Bookings essential
Book online at Ulysses Bookstore
or call 9521 8020

Graeme Simsion at City Library

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Enjoy an evening with Graeme Simsion, author of the funny and heartwarming debut novel, The Rosie Project.

Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year in 2014, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

City Library
253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact the Library for further information on 9658 9500.

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Bendigo Writers Festival is a meeting place that invites all to enjoy the best of what makes us human. BWF2014 will be busy, sometimes noisy, often surprising and always entertaining.

Meet these Text authors at the Festival:

Leslie Cannold
Michael Cathcart
Garry Disher
Patricia Edgar
Raimond Gaita
Angela Savage
Craig Sherborne
Clare Wright

For a full program of events, visit the Bendigo Writers Festival website.

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The Mudgee Readers' Festival has been established to celebrate the joy of reading. It aims to have something for everyone, with a wide range of authors and literature styles in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable—audience as well as authors.

Meet Graeme Simsion, Kate Grenville, Kate Holden and Tim Flannery at the 2014 Festival.

For full program, visit the Mudgee Readers' Festival website.

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It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend. Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories – each exposing the foibles of humankind. But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden.

Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia’s great writers.

Wayne Macauley is the author of the highly acclaimed novels: Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and The Cook, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

The Sun Bookshop
10 Ballarat St
Yarraville VIC

Snacks and refreshments provided.
rsvp info@sunbookshop.com
or call 9689 0661

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What inspires contemporary writers, historians, composers, and artists to re-tell and reinterpret history? The sagas of Ned Kelly, Burke and Wills, and Eureka or artefacts from across the globe have inspired varying historical conclusions, triggering debate and producing great works of art and storytelling.

Gathered for one very special event to discuss their interpretations of history are artists, writers and historians of international renown. Panellists include Stella Prize winning author Dr Clare Wright, “Ql elf” Molly Oldfield, musicians Shane Howard and Ash Davies and Yandruwandha man Aaron Paterson who has a unique connection to the Burke and Wills story.

The session will be chaired by broadcaster and author Derek Guille. This special event is proudly presented by Geelong Regional Library Corporation as part of the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival.

Costa Hall
Deakin Waterfront
Geelong VIC

For tickets and more information visit the Word for Word Festival website.

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Join Griffith REVIEW contributors at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Pacific Highways: Griffith REVIEW 43, with Leilani Tamu and Steve Braunias.
Sunday 24 August, 1.00 pm
Melbourne Writers Festival, Deakin Edge

The Way We Work: Griffith REVIEW 45, with Gideon Haigh, Peter Mares, Liz Temple. Chaired by George Megalogenis.
Friday 29 August, 1.00 pm
Melbourne Writers Festival

Check the festival website for full program details and bookings.

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On Father’s Day 2005, Robert Farquharson, was driving his three sons home when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner’s obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict.

This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia’s most admired writers.

Sofitel Wentworth
61 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW

For bookings and more information visit Dymocks website.

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These are the names we believe should be on everyone’s lips, the authors we love, but who may have slipped under your radar. Join us to discover them before everyone else does!

Nic Low’s short fiction, essays and criticism have been published in The Monthly, Griffith REVIEW, The Big Issue, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, Art Monthly, Australian Book Review, The Press (NZ), the Sunday Star Times (NZ), North & South (NZ) and various suspect anthologies.

Nic will be reading from his new collection, Arms Race.

The Moat
Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC

For more information visit The Wheeler Centre website.

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