This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 139  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction
Reading is the ultimate act of voyeurism. Ailsa Piper hosts a panel of writers preoccupied with what lies beneath our social facades and collective taboos, and who explore the tensions and complexities in our humanity. Suzanne Leal’s The Teacher’s Secret follows the scandals and humiliations of a small-town schoolteacher. Emily Maguire’s An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller rooted in everyday violence. Mireille Juchau’s prize-winning tale The World Without Us draws us into an atmospheric landscape where secrets are key to survival.

Friday 20 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Emily Maguire (Australian)

Emily Maguire is the author of the novels The Gospel According to Luke (2006), Taming the Beast (2004), Smoke in the Room (2009) and Fishing for Tigers (2012), an international bestseller and finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Kathleen Mitchell Award. Her most recent novel is the psychological thriller, An Isolated Incident (2016). Emily enjoys a high-profile in Australia as a social commentator, with her articles and essays on sex, religion and culture having been published in newspapers and journals including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review, The Big Issue and The Griffith Review. Emily has participated in many literary festivals, and is in demand as a speaker to writing classes, book groups and literature students.

Mireille Juchau (Australian)

Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her third novel, The World Without Us, won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Burning In (2007), was shortlisted for four awards including the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was published in France and Croatia. Mireille has written an international award-winning play and was longlisted in the 2015 international Notting Hill Essay Prize. Her short fiction, and literature and art criticism are widely published.

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Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal started her career as a criminal lawyer and has since had appointments to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal.  A former legal commentator on ABC radio, Suzanne is an experienced interviewer at literary functions and events. She is the author of the novels Border Street and The Teacher’s Secret.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. She was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies, and co-adapted Bell Shakespeare’s version of Duchess of Malfi. Her memoir, Sinning Across Spain, was an investigation of personal morality, conducted along a 1300 kilometre Spanish pilgrim trail. Ailsa has judged both the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and contributed to Slow Living magazine, Eureka Street, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Her next book, co-authored with Catholic priest Tony Doherty, is a series of letters documenting their unlikely friendship.



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