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at The Wheeler Centre

LITLOLZ

Tolstoy tells us happy families are all alike. Raymond Chandler’s prescription for a good story includes a man with a gun. And writing teachers everywhere will tell you that conflict is the essential ingredient of plot.

But does that mean good writing has to be depressing and difficult?

Literature shelves are predictably packed with dysfunctional families, suicides, murders and anxiety. But surely it doesn’t have to be that way. Where’s the laughter, the levity and the light side of life in the pages of our books?

Celebrations of beloved books and characters are often dominated by the doomed Anna Karenina, cursed Cathy and Heathcliff, and other characters who seriously suffer. But we should equally celebrate unlikely romantic hero Don Tillman, unlucky (but laugh-a-minute) Candide, and other fictional characters who you don’t need to recover from after reading.

Chris Flynn chats to Toni Jordan, Debra Oswald and Shane Maloney about how and why good writing can (and even should) make us smile.

Who?

Portrait of Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is author of the novels The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden.

Portrait of Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.

Portrait of Shane Maloney

Shane Maloney

Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world. 

Portrait of Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald is a writer for stage, television and fiction. She is co-creator and head writer of the successful TV series Offspring, which recently finished its fifth season. Debra won the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Award for the Offspring tele-movie script, and the 2014 AACTA for Best TV Screenplay for the final episode of series 4. Her other television credits include award-winning episodes ofPolice RescuePalace of DreamsThe Secret Life of UsSweet and Sour and Banana in Pyjamas.

She is the author of three Aussie Bite books and six novels for teenage readers, and the novel Useful, published in 2015.

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