On March 7th 2015 the aptly-named A Novel Event, saw 201 ladies from across Western Australia descend on Kulin for a unique and glamorous evening of laughs and literature. Guests travelled from places as far as Geraldton, Albany, Esperance, Dowerin, Perth and everywhere in between. We are so thrilled to report that our event was once again a terrific success. Without the tremendous support from our sponsors, it would not have been possible.
The idea of creating a special and unique ladies event in Kulin was born out of a desire to celebrate the contribution which women, particularly in regional and rural areas make to their communities. An evening which incorporated fabulous WA literature, came to fruition in March 2014 when we hosted our inaugural A Novel Event. Swapping Bush Races for books, our committee's aim was to bring ladies from across WA to Kulin for an evening of laughs and literature. The response following the 2014 event was overwhelming and very heartening. Before we knew it, our little voluntary committee was planning our second A Novel Event for 2015. In late October, after only 7 days of being on sale, all 201 available tickets to the 2015 event had completely sold out!
The anticipation for the event then began late in 2014, when beautifully wrapped packages began to arrive in the mailboxes of lucky ticket holders. The packages contained three books by well-known Western Australian writers and were the forerunner to the event. The books included Ros Thomas‟ Was it Something I Said?, Let Her Go by Dawn Barker and David Whish-Wilson‟s Zero at the Bone.
A Novel Event 2015 was thrilled to welcome three amazing WA authors.
Dawn Barker: Dawn is a child psychiatrist and author. In 2010, Dawn’s first novel, Fractured, was selected for the Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre’s manuscript development competition and it was published in 2013. It was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles, and was shortlisted for 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Her second novel, Let Her Go, was published in July 2014. Dawn has also published non-fiction articles/features on parenting and psychiatry for various magazines and websites, and has spoken on writing, mental health and parenting at conferences, writers festivals, television and radio. Dawn lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and three young children.
David Whish-Wilson: David was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He has worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig. During this time he began to publish short stories in Australia and had a longer piece short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award. David has taught in the prison system in both WA and Fiji, where he started the country’s first prisoner writing program, which now operates in all Fijian prisons. He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.
Ros Thomas: Ros is a familiar face in Australia, having worked as a journalist for 25 years, 17 of them in television. Ros writes a weekly column in West Weekend magazine, with a readership of 850,000. Her column is about accessible everyday topics of memory, family, working mums, nostalgia, and humor. Was It Something I Said? Misadventures in Suburbia - a collection of writings by Ros Thomas - is for anyone who has grown up, fallen in love, failed, persevered, and is still looking for the meaning of modern life. Startlingly funny, revealing, and profoundly genuine, this book will have you laughing, reminiscing, and nodding in recognition.
Gold Sponsors: Emerald Grain, Kulin Community Bank and CBH Group
Silver Sponsors: Roof & Wall Doctor, Consult Ag (Cropportunity Pty Ltd), Western Areas Ltd, Koro Fine Australian Jewellery
Bronze Sponsors: Fiona Palmer, WFI, McPest, Yvonne Bowey Consultanting, RAC, Kulin IGA
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Click on the links below to download recent media coverage on A Novel Event 2014.