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Secrets and Lies Edition


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What happens when we betray confidences? And what secrets do we keep from ourselves?

At The Moat in April, we’ll hear from writers whose work is concerned with hidden mysteries. J.P. Pomare’s new thriller, Call Me Evie, is about the fallibility of memory. Sonia Orchard’s Into The Fire is a novel about female friendship and betrayal and Nicola Redhouse’s memoir, Unlike the Heart, is an examination of post-natal depression and psychoanalysis. Caitlin McGregor’s ‘in defence of watching paint dry’ comes from issue #113 of Voiceworks, ‘Flare’.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.


J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melb... Read more

Sonia Orchard

Sonia Orchard is the author of a bestselling memoir Something More Wonderful and a novel The Virtuoso, which won the Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction of 2009. She won the Affirm Press Mentorship Award in partnership with Varuna Writers House for her third book, Into the Fire. Sonia has a PhD in... Read more

Nicola Redhouse

Nicola Redhouse has been published widely, writing on topics ranging from postnatal medication to the conundrum of objective measurement in mental health, in publications including The Age, the Australian, The Monthly, Island, and Women’s Agenda. Her fiction appears in the literary journals Meanji... Read more

Stella Charls

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 innova... Read more

Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor is an essayist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and literary journals, including the Lifted Brow, Overland, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, Scum Mag and the Big Issue. She holds a BA (Hons) in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and currently lives... Read more


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