KEYNOTE SPEAKER : 'Is there a place for historical novels in the digital age?'
Maggie Joel is a British-born writer. She worked for a number of years in the marketing and events industry in London before moving to Australia in the early 1990s. She completed a BA (Media Studies) and a MA (Literary Theory and Creative Writing) at Macquarie University and became an Australian citizen in 1998. Maggie’s short stories have been published in Southerly, Westerly, Island, Overland and Canberra Arts Review, and broadcast on ABC radio.
Maggie's first novel, The Past and Other Lies, (Australia and NZ Murdoch Books 2009; in the US Felony & Mayhem Press 2013) was chosen as the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Pick of the Week’. Her second novel, The Second-Last Woman in England (Murdoch Books in Australia & NZ, 2010, in the US in 2011; UK by Constable & Robinson in 2013), was also selected as the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Pick of the Week’ and was awarded the 2011 FAWs’ Christina Stead Award for Fiction. Maggie’s third novel, Half the World in Winter, was published in 2014 and in the UK in 2015. Her fourth novel, The Safest Place in London, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. http://maggiejoel.com
PLEASE NOTE: The Society of Women Writers NSW Annual General Meeting will be held during this Luncheon.
WORKSHOP: 'Facing Up To FaceBook'
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