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Take Home Reading: Laura McPhee-Browne
Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work.
In this episode we’re talking to Laura McPhee-Browne about her debut novel, Cherry Beach.
A tender coming-of-age novel, Cherry Beach, introduces a pair of childhood best friends who depart suburban Melbourne to live in Toronto.
'Cherry Beach is a book about two young women who are best friends. They were best friends from childhood and they decide to move overseas, to Toronto in Canada for a few years together, and it's kind of about their journey over there, and a bit about their past friendship.'
Laura was programmed to appear in the Next Big Thing: Here and Gone Edition, which was unfortunately cancelled as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer and social worker living in Melbourne, on Wurundjeri land. Her short stories have been published widely in Australia. Laura also volunteers as a fiction editor for the literary magazine Verity La. Cherry Beach is her first novel.
Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.
An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.