You are warmly invited to join us for an evening with Sydney based writer Helen Thurloe.
Thurloe's debut novel Promising Azra addresses the topic of forced marriage in an Australian context.
Kathy Landvogt, the Head of Women's Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre for Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, will also be joining us to speak about the real-life context for the story of Promising Azra, with a Melbourne focus.
Azra's dreams of finishing high school in Sydney and going to university are threatened by her uncle's plans to marry her off to an older cousin she has never met - will she have to choose between her family and her happiness?
Azra always thought she'd finish high school with her friends and then go on to study science, but now her dreams of university are suddenly overshadowed. Can she find a way to do what she wants, while keeping her parents happy?
Or does being a good daughter mean sacrificing her freedom?
When & Where
The Little Bookroom
The Little Bookroom - bringing children's books to Melbourne since 1960.
The Little Bookroom opened its doors to the public on Friday the 13th October, 1960, the first bookstore in Australia to stock only children's books. It has been a Melbourne institution ever since!
The shop is named for a collection of stories by Eleanor Farjeon who wrote:
"I am proud and happy to know you've chosen the title of my book for the title of your Bookshop in the City my Father first set foot in the 1850s when he emigrated to Australia as a boy of 16. The stories he told me of his arrival in Melbourne have always made it seem to be one of 'my' cities. Thank you for giving me a home in it"
Edward Ardizzone illustrated 'The Little Bookroom' and provided us with an original ink illustration for our logo, a treasure indeed.