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The Write Stuff: Jenny Bond with Robyn Cadwallader: Writing the past (Ages 16+) (Woden Library)

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Monday, 4 June 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm (AEST)

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This writing workshop is suitable for ages 16+.

Jenny Bond with Robyn Cadwallader: Writing the past 

In this conversation authors Jenny Bond and Robyn Cadwallader discuss the agony and the ecstasy of writing historical fiction. From the beauty of inspiration to the tough graft of research to the tightrope walk that is meshing fact and fiction, Jenny and Robyn will guide the audience through the process, giving them a taste of the experience as well as the inspiration to venture into the past themselves.

  • Where do the ideas come from?
  • How do you know if the idea has legs?
  • Research – Where to go? How much?
  • Blending fact and fiction. How do you define artistic licence?

Jenny Bond is an author whose novels have been published in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and whose non-fiction titles have been published in Australia and the USA.

Jenny has had two major historical fiction novels, Perfect North (2013) and The President’s Lunch (2014), published via Hachette Australia and by Dumont Buchverlag in Europe. She also co-authored two non-fiction books, 100 Great Icons and Who The Hell Is Pansy O’Hara?, published by Random House in Australia/NZ and Penguin in the USA.

As the drafting process of her third novel is over, Jenny has now begun workshopping the complete first draft of her fourth novel, another historical fiction manuscript called The Witch of Wellfleet. This story is set in the early 18th century in the world of Puritan New England.

She has also completed a pilot television script based on her novel, The President’s Lunch.

Robyn Cadwallader is a writer and editor who lives in the country outside Canberra.  She has published poems, prize-winning short stories and reviews, a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages (2008), a poetry collection, i painted unafraid (2010), and an edited collection of essays on asylum seeker policy, We Are Better Than This (2015).

Her first novel, The Anchoress (2015), set in thirteenth-century England, was published in Australia, UK, US and France; it won a Canberra Critics Award and the ACT Book of the Year People’s Choice Award; it was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards, and longlisted for the ABIA Awards. Her second novel, Book of Colours, set in fourteenth-century London, will be released in May 2018.

Bookings are essential.

Please arrive 10 mins early to allow time to check in; this assists the workshop to run on schedule.

Places are limited to ensure the best possible experience. If you can't attend please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else.



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Woden Library
Corinna Street
Phillip, ACT 2606

Monday, 4 June 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm (AEST)

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Libraries ACT are also responsible for the ACT Heritage Library, which helps tell the stories of Canberra and its people. It collects, preserves, promotes and provides access to documents that record the lives of Canberra's residents.

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