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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


You have the option to pay what you wish for this for this event. As a guide, a suggested price of $15 will cover the cost of your ticket, however any amount helps us continue to present low-cost events. Advance bookings are essential.


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Accessible toilets available

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Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, and is also descended from Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples. She won the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, was a joint winner of the 2018 Copyright Ag... 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

Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of sixteen books, including After the Lights Go Out and The Erasure Initiative. She established and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Me... Read more

Jes Layton

Jes Layton (he/him, she/her) invented writing, the aeroplane, & the internet. He was also the first person to reach the North Pole. Jes is a writer, performer, content creator & artist who works and lives on Wurundjeri Land. Some of his work can be found at SBS, Junkee, Voiceworks, Kill Your... Read more


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Acknowledgment of Country

The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present.