Archive Festival 2014

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Here and Now: Debut Fiction
Monday, May 19 2014 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Felicity Castagna, Kirsten Krauth, Irina Dunn (facilitator)
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Two debut novelists, Felicity Castagna and Kirsten Krauth, talk with Irina Dunn about how they are exploring new suburban realities in their fiction. In The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity introduces us to Michael, who finds redemption from a family tragedy by immersing himself in the stories and lives of the people in his western Sydney neighbourhood. Kirsten Krauth’s just_a_girl is alive with ideas about isolation and connection and how the internet raises the stakes in teenage rebellion.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers House.

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Kirsten Krauth (Australian)

Kirsten Krauth's first novel just_a_girl was published in 2013. She lives in Castlemaine, edits the NSW Writers' Centre magazine, Newswrite, is regional arts reporter for ABC Arts Online, and her articles have appeared in Good Weekend and The Australian. She blogs at Wild Colonial Girl — where she runs the Writing Mothers series and Friday Night Fictions for debut novelists. She was a judge for The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists awards in 2013.

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Felicity Castagna (Australian)

Felicity Castagna is the author of Small Indiscretions:Stories of Travel in Asia. Her work has appeared in The Age, Heat and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a doctoral candidate at The University of Western Sydney. Her latest book is a young adult novel set in western Sydney, The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2013).

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Irina Dunn (Australian)

Irina Dunn is the Director of the Australian Writers' Network, which has 10,000 subscribers throughout Australia and abroad. She is a well-known manuscript assessor and editor, and has found publishers and agents for many of her clients. She wrote The Writer’s Guide: a companion to writing for pleasure or publication, which was described by the Australian Book Review as ‘a godsend for writers’. Irina is on the Board of the Australian Society of Authors.
 irinadunn.com.au

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