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Cautionary Tales

Fri 10 Sep, 12pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

How can the suspense of a psychological thriller bring into focus the shortcomings of society at large? Debra Oswald will appear live via video, joining on-stage participants JP Pomare and moderator Angela Savage as they share insight into writing pulse-quickening novels that leave you thinking long after the last page is turned. In Oswald’s The Family Doctor, a family GP faces stark moral choices when confronted with domestic violence and judicial indifference. In The Last Guests, Pomare uncoils an idyllic family vacation into a tense cautionary tale about technology and surveillance.


1 hour



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Debra Oswald is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and the creator of the TV series Offspring. Her stage plays include Gary’s House, Mr Bailey’s Minder and Dags. She has written TV scripts, nine children’s books and three adult novels. Her new novel is The Family Doctor.

JP Pomare is a New Zealand author who lives in Melbourne. He is the author of three critically acclaimed bestselling novels, Call Me Evie, In The Clearing and Tell Me Lies. The Last Guests is his latest novel. JP is also the host of the podcast On Writing.

Angela Savage is an award-winning author, former CEO of Writers Victoria and current CEO of Public Libraries Victoria. She holds a PhD in creative writing, giving her the Bond villain-like name of Doctor Savage. Her latest novel is Mother of Pearl.

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