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All Families Have ’Em
Code: 101  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction
Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Michael Sala, Steven Amsterdam, Margaret Barbalet (facilitator)
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Families and their secrets have always been rich ground for novelists to till as is attested by Michael Sala in his debut fiction The Last Thread and Steven Amsterdam’s What the Family Needed. They talk to Margaret Barbalet.

Michael Sala (Australian)

Michael Sala was born in the Netherlands in 1975 and moved to Australia in the 1980s. He now lives in Newcastle with his wife and children. The Last Thread, a novel based on real events, is Michael’s widely anticipated first book; he has excited industry insiders with a shortlisting for the prestigious The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, his three-time selection for The Best Australian Stories and publication in Charlotte Wood’s Brothers & Sisters anthology.

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Steven Amsterdam (Australian)

Steven Amsterdam is a palliative care nurse and a writer. His first book, Things We Didn't See Coming, won The Age Book of the Year and was
longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. What the Family Needed is his second novel.

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Margaret Barbalet (Australian)

Margaret Barbalet is a poet, short story writer and novelist, the most recent being The Presence of Angels. Her newest work is the script of the short film, Count Your Fingers.  A new novel is with her London agent. A former diplomat, posted to Abu Dhabi from 2005 to 2008, she now lives in Sydney and is working on a novel set in Ashfield.

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