About this Event
Saturday 4 June, 12.30-2.30pm AWSTAt the KSP Writers' Centre
Author chat and book reading with Brooke Dunnell
Join us for a free, 2023 Love to Read Local Week author talk and reading with Brooke Dunnell, winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award for her novel The Glass House.
Brooke will read an excerpt from her novel and have a chat with Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre Board Member, Marilyn Chin, talking through all the highlights (and the surprises and challenges) of writing her novel. There will also be time for a Q&A with Brooke at the end.
GIVEAWAY! The KSP Foundation will be giving away a free KSP Writers' Centre one-year membership - to be in the chance to win, just register and attend the event, and we will contact you by email if you win. If you are already a member, then your membership will be extended by one year.
This event is brought to you courtesy of Love to Read Local Week and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, with thanks to Writing WA.
About the book:
Julia Lambett heads across the country to her hometown where she' s been given the job of moving her recalcitrant father out of his home and into care. But when Julia arrives at the 1970s suburban palace of her childhood, she finds her father has adopted a mysterious dog and refuses to leave. Frustrated and alone, when a childhood friend crosses her path, Julia turns to Davina for comfort and support. But quite soon Julia begins to doubt Davina' s motivations. Why is Davina taking a determined interest in all the things that Julia hoped she had left behind? Soon Julia starts having troubling dreams, and with four decades of possessions to be managed and dispersed, she uncovers long-forgotten, deeply unsettling memories.
“A sense that something is not-quite-right permeates The Glass House as multiple mysteries unravel in tandem. Heavy with the strange nostalgia of coming home to a place both familiar and different, Dunnell’s descriptions are rich in detail and presence. Themes of ostracism and loss sit subtly in the blurred margins of memory as secrets unfurl and perspectives shift. Intriguing and intimate, this award-winning novel depicts complex dynamics with style, suspense and stunning prose.” Writing WA
About the author:
Brooke Dunnell is a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator. Her short fiction has been widely published, including in the short story collection Female(s and) Dogs, which was a finalist for the 2020 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Award. The unpublished manuscript for The Glass House was the winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award. She has facilitated writing workshops, holds mentoring sessions and judged writing competitions. Brooke has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia and lives in Boorloo (Perth) with her husband and two dogs.
Acknowledgement of Country
The KSP Foundation management team respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
KSP Writers' Centre, 11 Old York Road, Perth, Australia