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Patrick Ness and Carlos Ruiz Zafón


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Our fabulous double bills are back – bringing you three big nights of international writers, presented back-to-back.

From genre-bending fiction bestsellers to young adult authors with cult followings, and non-fiction superstars who’ll change the way you view the world … we’ve got a little something for everyone.

You can cherry-pick your favourite authors and book individual events, or make a night of it and see two authors at once. It’s up to you.

6:45pm – 7:45pm and 8:30pm – 9:30pm (includes a 45 minute interval).

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of those writers whose darkly complex books for children and teenagers transcend their intended audience, winning him fans of all ages.

His multi-award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy has been described as ‘one of the most interesting fantasies ever published’.

His latest book for young readers is A Monster Calls, a heartbreaking story about cancer and loss, told through the metaphor of a yew tree that comes to life outside the bedroom of a boy whose mother is dying.

The Crane Wife is Ness’s first adult book in many years – a wise and romantic story about the creative imagination and the redemptive power of love. Ness will be in conversation with Lili Wilkinson.

Patrick Ness is presented by the Wheeler Centre in association with the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Barcelona-born, LA-based author Carlos Ruiz Zafón writes fantastical literary thrillers packed with intrigue and adventure – with books themselves at their very centre.

His admirers include Stephen King and Margaret Atwood.

The Shadow of the Wind, which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, was the first in a quartet for younger readers that takes its inspiration from sources as disparate as Enid Blyton and Alexander Dumas.

His stories set in Barcelona’s (fictional) Cemetery of Forgotten Books have ‘the blissful narrative drive of a high-class mystery’.

The Watcher in the Shadows, his latest young adult novel, has just been released – to great anticipation. Ruiz Zafón will be in conversation with Sian Prior.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón appears with the support of the Consulate of Spain.


Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eighteen books for young people, including The Erasure Initiative and After the Lights Go Out. Lili has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is a passionate advocate for YA and the young people who read it, establishing the Inky Awards at the Cen... Read more

Sian Prior

Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and creative writing teacher. She presents programmes on ABC Radio and writes a monthly column for Fairfax. Sian’s essays have been published in Meanjin and her first book, Shy: A Memoir, was published by Text in 2014.

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of nine novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, and Release. Born in Virgini... Read more

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international bestsellers The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. His work has been published in more than 40 languages and honoured with numerous awards. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angele... Read more


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