A group of Australian authors at different stages of their careers talk about the highs and lows of getting published. Inspirational insights for aspiring writers and keen readers alike. Featuring Lisa Chaplin, Catherine Cole, Craig Cormick and Malcolm Knox.

Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.


$20, bookings required.

Craig Cormick (Australian)

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Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and science journalist. He has been writing for over 30 years and has published over 25 books of fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction, with both small and mainstream publishers, in Australia and overseas. Much of his work deals with reinterpretations of history. His writing awards include a Queensland Premier's Award, ACT Book of the Year Award, the Tasmania Writers Prize and a Victorian Community History Award.

Catherine Cole (Australian)

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Catherine Cole has written novels, poetry, short stories, memoir and criticism and has edited a number of books. Her short story collection, Sea Birds Crying in the Harbour Dark, will be published by UWA Press in late 2017. She has judged some of Australia's leading literary prizes, worked in the fields of human rights and equal opportunity at all government levels and is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK.

Malcolm Knox 1 (Australian)

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Malcolm Knox is the author of 21 books of fiction and non-fiction with six acclaimed novels. He has won various literary prizes for his books Summerland, The Endangered List and The Wonder Lover. His books have been published in the USA and the UK and translated into six other languages. As a journalist, he has won two Walkley Awards and a Human Rights Commission Award and been runner-up for Australian journalist of the year. He has also ghost-written 15 memoirs.

Lisa Chaplin (Australian)

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Lisa Chaplin began writing fiction in 1991 after taking an agent's advice to write romance novels to become disciplined at editing. She was subsequently published with Harlequin as Melissa James, selling over 1.6 million books in 25 countries. After discovering a Napoleonic history text, she spent time researching and living in Switzerland and France, and produced an acclaimed work of historical fiction, The Tide Watchers, as Lisa Chaplin. Her most recent work is The Memory of Cardamom literary fiction series.