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Worlds Away: An Evening of Fantastical Storytelling


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Be transported to worlds far away with our up-late storytelling session featuring fantastical Young Adult authors and emerging teen writers. 


Stoke the embers of your imagination at Worlds Away, a storytelling evening featuring six brand new tales written and read by some of your favourite fantasy writers and introducing three new teen talents.

Award-winning YA authors Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Lisa Fuller will share inventive tales of far away, before a trio of emerging teenage writers capture the magic of make-believe in stories crafted with the support of our mentors.

Will you fall through the looking glass? Talk a walk down a mysterious pathway? Or trip through a doorway to another world? We’ve got works for every fancy, so join us for an evening of words and wonder at the Wheeler Centre, hosted by the fantastical Jes Layton.



The bookseller for this event is The Little Bookroom

Image credit: Pilgrim Hodgson


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Accessible toilets available

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Saskia de Leeuw Kyle

Saskia de Leeuw Kyle (she/her) is a writer and aspiring journalist based in Melbourne. She loves to write and read fiction (especially YA romcoms). You can find her work on the website Rosie Respect. She was a member of the 2023 YMCA Youth Press Gallery and the winner of the 2023 One Teen Story Comp... Read more

Lisa Fuller

Lisa is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, also descended from Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng peoples. She’s lived on Ngunnawal and Ngambri lands (Canberra) since 2006 and is doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. Lisa has won a number of awards, including ... Read more

Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy, whose award-winning work has been translated into nearly 30 languages. Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing.... Read more

Jes Layton

Jes Layton invented writing, the airplane, and the internet. He was also the first person to reach the North Pole. Jes is an author and illustrator currently living and working on Wurundjeri Land. He is the current co-CEO/Executive Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and is currently re... Read more

Audrey McKenzie

Audrey McKenzie is a 17-year-old year 11 student with a longtime passion for writing and literature. After winning the 2022 Kill Your Darlings School Writing Prize, her love for writing has been reignited and she hopes to one day share her writing with the world. She is very excited to be performing... Read more

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

Anabel Liu-Mu

Anabel Liu-Mu is a year 8 student who loves all things creative. She expresses her creativity through drawing, recycled crafts, song writing and especially writing. She enjoys diving into historical fiction and mystery books. Random occurrences in life are her favourite source of inspiration. She wa... Read more


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