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A Gala Night of Storytelling 2011:Voices From Elsewhere


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The 2010 Gala brought together twelve of our finest writers and storytellers. Their stories celebrated the diversity and depth of our City of Literature, a city built on voices from elsewhere.

This year, we’re broadening the conversation to include writers from near and far, to share their stories with us in their own words, in their own languages. From the universal to the intensely personal, the international writers’ stories – told in French and Chinese, in German and Hindi – will be interwoven with contributions from our local greats. Stories will be translated into English.

Lyrical, intimate, funny and powerful, join us for another Gala Night of Storytelling.

All profits from the Gala go to Queensland flood relief.

Supported by the Australia-India Council.


Yannick Haenel

Yannick Haenel is an award winning French novelist. Yannick Haenel is the author of several novels, including Introduction à la mort française and Évoluer parmi les avalanches. In Paris in 1997 he co-founded the avant-garde journal for literature, Ligne de risque. The Messenger (published in Fren... Read more

Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett is the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author of several novels for adults and younger readers. Sonya authored Thursday’s Child, winner of the 2002 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and Forest, winner of the 2002 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: O... Read more

John Birmingham

John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand and most recently the thriller, Without Warning. He has also written the award-winning history Leviathan and the trilogy comprising Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1, Designated Targets: World War 2.2 and Final Impac... Read more

Nam Le

Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into fifteen languages and received over a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the NSW P... Read more

Dagmar Leupold

Dagmar Leupold is a German poet. Dagmar Leupold studied German literature, philosophy, and classical philology in Marburg and Tübingen, and comparative literature in New York, where she received her doctorate. She lives in Kirchseeon near Munich. In 2010 she will hold the Liliencron Chair for Poeti... Read more

Abha Dawesar

Abha Dawesar is an Indian novelist based in New York. Abha Dawesar is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Family Values, That Summer in Paris, Babyji and Miniplanner. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award and a Lambda ... Read more

Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural li... Read more

Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun is one of contemporary China’s most celebrated authors and the winner of the 2010 People’s Literature Prize for his most recent book The Missing Ingredient. Born in 1974 in China’s North East, Murong spent his childhood in Jilin province. In 1996 he graduated from China Universit... Read more

Archie Roach

Archie Roach’s song ‘Took the Children Away’ won an International Human Rights Achievement Award and his first album Charcoal Lane featured in US Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 in 1992, going gold in Australia and winning two ARIA awards. Archie’s recording history – including 12 al... Read more


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