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Sunday, May 24 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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‘Your mind is a galaxy. More dark than light. But the light makes it worthwhile. Which is to say, don’t kill yourself … Wait for the stars.’ So writes Matt Haig in his novel The Humans. Matt describes his battle with depression in his recent memoir Reasons to Stay Alive. First-time author Brooke Davis explores a journey through grief in her celebrated novel Lost & Found. Dive into darkness with Meredith Jaffe and learn how these authors rediscovered those pinpricks of light.

Brooke Davis's travel is generously supported by the Government of Western Australia, Department of Culture and the Arts

Matt Haig (International)

Matt Haig is the author of five novels, including the bestselling The Last Family in England which has been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, The Radleys, voted the winner of Channel 4's TV Book Club series in 2011, and The Humans, a World Book Night 2014 title. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages. Matt has also written award-winning books for children. He lives in York and London.

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Brooke Davis (Australian)

Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria. Lost & Found is her first novel, and she wrote it as part of a PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She still lives in Perth, and works at a bookshop nearby. Lost & Found proved to be the buzz book of the 2014 London Book Fair. The translation rights have since been sold into sixteen countries and major deals have been confirmed in the United States and Great Britain.

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Meredith Jaffe (Australian)

Meredith Jaffé writes a weekly literary column for the online women’s magazine, The Hoopla. She has been a member of the expert panel that selects the longlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards and chaired panels, presented workshops and lead debate teams at various writers’ festivals. Meredith volunteers at The Footpath Library where she runs the national EPIC! writing competitions for schoolchildren.

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