Festival Guests 2017
Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival
Wed 27th September – Fri 29th September.
See the program of events here.
Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
She has completed a PhD in cultural theory and loves nature, Jane Austen and puns. Today, she lives and writes in the Swan Valley wine region with her partner and two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens. Sasha writes mystery, paranormal and young adult novels under the name S.D. Wasley.
Nicole Sinclair’s short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, indigo Journal and Award Winning Australian Writing, and also forms part of the artworks along Busselton Jetty. Her short stories have won the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award and the Down South Writers Competition. Bloodlines is her first novel and was shortlisted for 2014 TAG Hungerford Award. Nicole has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and now lives in the south-west of Western Australia with her husband and two (very young) daughters.
When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush in the early 1990s, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals come with the territory. He has founded a string of successful mining businesses and is currently the executive chairman of an Australian publicly listed minerals corporation. Jim lives in Perth, with his wife and four young boys. He writes wearing ear plugs.
Sarah Drummond is the author of Salt Story, of sea-dogs and fisherwomen, and The Sound. She has a PhD in history from Murdoch University and has had essays and short fiction published in Purple Prose, Shadow Plays: an anthology of speculative fiction, Short Stories Australia, indigo journal, The Best Australian Essays 2010, LINQ Journal, Kurungabaa Journal and Overland. Sarah lives on the south coast of Western Australia.
Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet whose work ranges from picture books through to young adult fiction. Raised in a TV-free household in central Victoria, Meg was a bookish kid, in love with words and excited by dictionaries and spelling bees. These days she lives near the ocean in Fremantle where she is always busy cooking up more books.
Meg Caddy started writing her debut novel Waer when she was fourteen years old. She hasn’t had much of a life since! Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize, and released by Text Publishing in 2016. Meg has been mentored by fantasy novelist Juliet Marillier, and spent time as a resident and a Young Writers’ tutor at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. For the past seven years, Meg has been working with children of all ages. She is obsessed with pirates.
Deb Fitzpatrick lives and works in Fremantle, and has published six novels for adults, young adults and children. Her latest novel is The Spectacular Spencer Gray. Deb has a Master of Arts (creative writing) from UWA, and regularly teaches creative writing, professional writing, and editing.
Thomas M. Wilson has spent his life writing about the human relationship with our home: the natural world. He has a PhD in Literature and the Environment, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. As well as being the author of The Recurrent Green Universe of John Fowles (Rodopi, 2006), Wilson has made numerous contributions to environmental journalism.
Annamaria Weldon is a poet, essayist and photographer of natural habitats. She uses these forms to express her fascination with Mandurah’s Yalgorup National Park in her most recent book, ‘The Lake’s Apprentice' (UWAP 2014), prompted by an eco-artist Residency with the Adaptation project at SymbioticA, UWA. During her 5 years of research, Weldon worked closely with her Noongar Culture mentor George Walley, CASM, MPAC and many local community organisations, collaborating across disciplines on various landscape-oriented community arts projects, workshops and performances. Weldon was awarded the inaugural Nature Conservancy Australia Essay Prize 2010 and the Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2011.
Tony Hughes-d’Aeth is a Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. He has published widely on Australian literature and cultural history, including Paper Nation: The Story of the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, 1886-1888 (Melbourne University Press, 2001) which received the Ernest Scott and the W.K. Hancock Prizes for Australian history. Hughes-d’Aeth was co-editor of Westerly Magazine from 2010 to 2015.
Tamara Moss has been writing seriously for over a decade. After majoring in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia, Tamara has taught Japanese, interned at indie publisher Twelfth Planet Press, and worked at many different schools. She is currently teaching upper primary. Lintang and the Pirate Queen is Tamara’s first novel.
Gabriel Evans is an illustrator and author from Western Australia. His books include Annie’s Snails by Dianne Wolfer, Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy (a Notable Book in the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards) and Captain Sneer the Buccaneer by Penny Morrison. Working in a small messy studio, Gabriel creates classically flavoured illustrations with a contemporary twist.