This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 73  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
From Middle Earth to Hogwarts, imaginary worlds have always been adored by readers. But how do authors create them? It’s a meticulous craft that requires grounding in reality topped with glorious imagination. Lynette Noni’s debut novel Akarnae is the first in a series taking place in the impossible land of Medora. In the world of Anna Smaill’s The Chimes, longlisted for the Booker Prize, memory is destroyed daily. James Bradley’s novel Clade shows how a changing planet could soon alter our lives beyond recognition. James, Anna and Lynette speak to David Henley. 

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings

Anna Smaill (International)

Anna Smaill was born in Auckland in 1979. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from University College London. Her first book of poetry The Violinist in Spring was published by Victoria University Press in 2005. The Chimes, her debut novel (Sceptre), was recognised as a Bookseller Best Debut of 2015, by The Huffington Post as 'One to Watch', and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She currently lives in Wellington with her husband and daughter.

Lynette Noni (Australian)

Lynette Noni has always been an avid reader and spent most of her childhood lost in daydreams of far-off places and magical worlds. She was devastated when her Hogwarts letter didn’t arrive, but she consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could find, and she’s still determined to find her way to Narnia one day. Lynette is the author of Akarnae, the first book in the YA fantasy series The Medoran Chronicles, with the sequel Raelia releasing early 2016.

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley is a multi-award winning author and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, The Penguin Book of the Ocean and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His most recent novel, the critically acclaimed Clade, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction and the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

David M. Henley (Australian)

David M. Henley is a designer, art director and change consultant. He is one of the founders of Xoum Publishing and the literary journal Seizure, as well as author of The Hunt for Pierre Jnr science fiction trilogy, published by HarperCollins, and dubbed as 'a bold new voice in Australian speculative fiction' in The Australian.



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