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Monday 8th October: Shokoofeh Azar speaks at the Wheeler Centre (VIC)








An ancient, epic tale of star-crossed lovers, Layla and Majnun is more than 1000 years old. The story is revived at this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival, in a magnificent dance production choreographed by Mark Morris.

As a complement to these performances, the Wheeler Centre is hosting a conversation about the significance of the Layla and Majnun legend, in the past and today, and on the nature of Persian storytelling traditions more broadly.

We’ll hear from musicologist Aida Huseynova, an expert in the music and culture of Azerbaijan, who consulted on the Layla and Majnun production. We’ll also hear from Shokoofeh Azar, acclaimed author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, who drew on Persian legends when writing her Stella Prize-shortlisted novel.

The pair will discuss the importance of music and song in Persian storytelling, and the role of adaptation and interpretation in keeping traditional stories alive.

6.15 – 7.15pm
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Sunday 14th October: WDP authors at Coal Creek Literary Festival Festival (VIC)






Join our authors at the Coal Creek Literary Festival next Sunday, October 14! The festival celebrates the best of Australian writing and you can catch Wild Dingo Press’ Katherine Boland (Hippy Days, Arabian Nights), Les Twentyman (The Mouth that Roared) and Para Paheer and Ali Corke (The Power of Good People) throughout the day. Coal Creek Literary Festival will take place in Coal Creek, Korumburra, Victoria.

Full details on the Coal Creek Literary Festival website.

11.30am – 12.15pm
Les Twentyman
Coal Creek Auditorium
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1.15 – 2pm
Katherine Boland and Sarah Badossian
Coal Creek Auditorium
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2.15 – 3pm
Alison Corke and Para Paheer
Coal Creek Auditorium
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Friday 19th October: Para Paheer and Ali Cork at RACS’ Inaugural Literary Lunch (NSW)







The Refugee Advice and Casework Service has provided dedicated and free legal services to refugees since 1987.
The inaugural literary lunch will raise necessary funds for the organisation, by highlighting the extraordinary life story of a refugee now living in Australia, and a member of the community who helped to make it possible.

Friday 19 October 12 – 2pm
9 Point Road
Northwood, NSW 2066
Tickets: $105.99
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Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 October: Yvonne Fein at the Australian Short Story Festival (WA)

In their words, “The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written and spoken forms. As the first national event to focus exclusively on the short story form, the Australian Short Story Festival offers a unique contribution to the nation’s literary culture, as well as a timely response to the current resurgence of this aesthetically exacting narrative form.

The Festival is a non-profit organisation set up to bring writers, oral storytellers, and audiences together in a different Australian city each year. In 2018 the Festival will be held in Perth, Western Australia.”

Catch Yvonne Fein at the following sessions:


Saturday 20th, 10:00am-11:00am

Three writers walk into a bar at the Alex Hotel

Join writers Laura Elvery, Yvonne Fein and Anthony Macris – all “out of towners” – in a relaxed conversation with Annabel Smith before the bar opens.
Venue: Alex Hotel
Tickets: $20 Standard | $15 Concession

Purchase tickets HERE.

Sunday 21st, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Good things come in small parcels

Yvonne Fein, Wesley Robertson and Annie Horner discuss the power of stories to change minds and hearts with Richard Rossiter.
Venue: Centre for Stories
Tickets: $20 Standard | $15 Concession

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Thursday 8 November: Para Paheer at the Brimbank Writers Festival (VIC)






Join us for a panel discussion on diverse migrant stories. Facilitated by Melanie Cheng, author of ‘Australia Day’, who has written short stories about multiculturalism, identity and belonging. Panel members for this event are:

Para Paheer, who fled the Sri Lankan war, and undertook the dangerous journey to Australia in a fishing boat that sank in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Para eventually reached Australia but was incarcerated on Christmas Island, where he became penfriends with Alison Corke. Together with Alison he wrote ‘The Power of Good People’ to thank everyone who helped him survive.
Enza Gandolfo’s second novel, ‘The Bridge’ opens with the collapse of the West Gate Bridge in 1970, a story of the Western suburbs and its workers, many of them migrants. Enza is the daughter of Sicilian migrants who came to Australia in the 1950s. She writes about women, migrants and the working class.
Abdi Aden has written a memoir about his experience as a refugee from Mogadishu called ‘Shining – The Story Of A Lucky Man’. Abdi also featured in the award winning documentaries ‘Go Back To Where You Came From’ and ‘Insight’ on SBS.

Thursday 8 November, 6.15-7.30pm
Sunshine Library: Level 1, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4181

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Saturday 10 November: Shokoofeh Azar at the Scone Literary Festival (NSW)






The Scone Literary Festival, this year themed The Magic and Power of Literature, exists to treasure the printed word, its motto being ‘Maintain the Page’.

Catch Shokoofeh Azar at the following sessions:

Saturday 10 November

1.30pm – 2.30pm
Arts & Crafts Hall
Diversity in Australian literature feauring Shokoofeh Azar, Hanna Kay and Larry Boyd. Hosted by Benjamin Law

5.45pm to 7.30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: ‘Magic & Power – Soiree in the gardens’
Come along and enjoy a beautiful evening of food, wine, magic and power under the stars and hear more about the incredible life and journey undertaken by Shokoofeh Azar, who will be chatting to ABC Upper Hunter’s Mike Pritchard. We also will be revealing the winners and runners up of this year’s High School Writing.


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