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Public Intimacies – Writing About Family


Lucy Treloar + Ben Hobson + Karen Foxlee

Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland

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Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar

ucy Treloar is a writer, occasional creative writing teacher, and artist in residence at Melbourne’s Meat Market. Her award-winning debut novel, Salt Creek, was also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK’s Walter Scott Prize, and was published internationally in 2017. Her short fiction has been published in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in Meanjin and The Age among others. Wolfe Island is Lucy's second novel. Lucy lives in Melbourne with her family, and is working on her next novel and a PhD.

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at a Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, writing and reading. Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid. In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizureonline. To Become a Whale, his debut novel, was released in June 2017, by Allen & Unwin. His second novel, Snake Island, was released in August 2019.
Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and young-adults. She grew up in the Australia outback mining town Mount Isa and still frequently dreams she is walking barefoot along the dry Leichhardt River. One of four children she started telling stories when she was young. She filled countless small exercise books with sweeping sagas of orphaned girls illustrated with pictures cut from the back of Readers Digest magazines. Her award-winning novels include The Anatomy of Wings, The Midnight Dress, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy and A Most Magical Girl. Her latest story for all ages is Lenny’s Book of Everything. It recently won the Children’s Book of the Year Indie Award. Karen lives in South East Queensland with her daughter and several animals, including two wicked parrots who frequently eat parts of her laptop when she isn’t looking. Her passions are her daughter, writing, day-dreaming, baking, running and swimming in the sea.

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Frances Whiting

Frances Whiting

Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s best known writers. Her ddebut novel Walking on Trampolines released to critical and popular acclaim in 2013 is a best seller in Australia the United States and Canada. In 2015 Walking on Trampolines was translated into Italian German Spanish Slovenian and Czechoslovakian. Frances’s second book The Best Kind of Beautiful will be released by Pan Macmillan in November 2019. A senior feature writer for Queensland's premier weekend magazine Q Weekend in the Courier Mail Frances is also a much loved columnist for the Sunday Mail and other Sunday newspapers around Australia with her weekly column now in its 21st year. She is an Associate Editor of the Courier Mail and the Books Editor of Q Weekend Magazine.


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