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SOWING THE SEED
Former Oxfam WA CEO-turned-author Alan Carter is
helping to raise money for the charity in an unusual
way: he has auctioned off a role as a character in
his fourth Cato Kwong novel. Norman Lip,
a participant in an Oxfam quiz night late last
year, bid $1000 for the honour – although Alan is
keeping quiet for now on whether Norman will be
a hero or a villain. In the meantime, his third Cato
novel Bad Seed will be published in March.
Local writers head the bill at
this schoolground festival,
which supports young
WA writers with writing
comps, cut-priced sessions,
and a partnership with
the Indigenous Literature
All Saints’ College,
Mar 5-6, 9313 9333.
Admit it – you’re guilty
of skimming emails from
overseas family members.
We understand. But
make your own missives
unmissable with this
beginners’ course, which
will get you On The Road
to travel-writing success.
University of WA,
Mar 10-24, 6488 2433.
Make fantasy reality at the
40th annual Swancon, which
celebrates speculative fiction
in games, film, literature and
graphic novels. Get ready
to geek out! Pan Pacific
Hotel, Apr 2-6 .
READERS & WRITERS
It’s Southbound for book
lovers – head down for the
long weekend and take
advantage of a rock-star
line-up of more than
20 authors at this year’s
festival. Headline acts
include 2013 Miles
Franklin winner Michelle
de Kretser. Margaret
River Cultural Centre,
May 29-31, 9758 7316.
KIDS’ READING SESSIONS
Beaufort Street Books
selects a kid-friendly book
every fortnight for a free in-
store reading session. Make
sure you book in advance!
Beaufort Street, Mount
Lawley, every second
Friday, ongoing, 6142 7996.
New offerings from WA writers and publishers
by Stephen Daisley, Text Publishing, $29.99
Life as a travelling shearer is all Lew McLeod has ever known, but his latest job
promises to change everything. Drawing on his experience working on sheep and
cattle stations, Daisley writes in lucid prose about what life is like on the land.
by K.A . Bedford, Fremantle Press, $24.99
A widowed novelist immigrates to the sleepy coastal Australian town of Pelican River
to repair her broken heart. But her quiet life is thrown into disarray when she receives
an urgent, disturbing threat. It’s science fiction in a BBC period drama guise.
RUNNING OUT? WATER IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
by Ruth A. Morgan, UWA Publishing, $34.99
How has the fear of running out of water shaped our state’s politics and its people?
This book explores WA’s environmental history and the effects it has had on how we
live today – and how we’ll face the inevitable effects of climate change.
CONVERSATIONS I’VE NEVER HAD
by Caitlin Maling, Fremantle Press, $24.99
Maling received a fellowship in the US to write this collection of poems – her
first – which explores coming-of-age in contemporary Australia and the connection
between identity and home.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/books
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