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Our first ever event was a Debut Monday. Three years on, it’s still going strong, introducing new Australian talent each month.
Whether it’s meeting Australia’s latest wunderkind or hearing an unknown quantity strike a bold new path, Debut Mondays is your chance to discover your next favourite author.
You’ll meet a selection of new voices – from Victoria and beyond – each month, including a special guest in each session from Voiceworks magazine.
Pop down to The Moat, our resident cafe and bar, to grab a drink or a meal – and be nourished and entertained by the pick of our latest storytelling crop.
If you plan on making a night out of it, The MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5pm to 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine, or $15 for a pizza and a glass of wine or beer. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email email@example.com.
This month, we’ll hear from Graeme Simsion, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Kate Richards and Peter Dawncy.
Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.
The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script.
The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. Its sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.
Kate Richards is a writer of fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry. She has a medical degree with honours and works part-time in medical research in Melbourne. Kate is the author of the critically acclaimed Madness: a memoir and the Penguin Special Is there no place for me?
Peter Dawncy lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Philosophy from Monash University; he received first-class Honours in English in 2011 and is currently completing his Creative Writing PhD under scholarship at Monash.
Balli Kaur Jaswal grew up in Singapore, Japan, Russia and the Philippines. She attended Hollins University and George Mason University in the United States, where she attended creative writing workshops and began writing short stories.
Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.
Let Debut Mondays be your guide to the best of new local writing. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.