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Finding Yourself

Sat 11 Sep, 3pm
Trades Hall, Fringe Common Rooms

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

A panel of Australian novelists shed light on coming-of-age novels that navigate the space between getting lost and finding yourself. Hear their inspiring stories, which include a girl caught between cultures who must speak up for justice; a First Nations teen finding the courage to come out; and an exchange student in Paris fighting for change. Featuring Samera Kamaleddine (Half My Luck), Gary Lonesborough (The Boy from the Mish) and Kate O’Donnell (This One Is Ours) on stage with Leanne Hall.


1 hour


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Leanne Hall is an award-winning author of young adult and children's fiction, including This Is Shyness and Iris and the Tiger. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her latest work is the YA novel, The Gaps.

Samera Kamaleddine is a Sydney-based journalist, author and winner of the inaugural Matilda Prize. Half My Luck is her debut novel.

Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. He was Bega Valley Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year, won the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers' Award, and has received a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship. The Boy from the Mish is Gary's debut YA novel.

Kate O'Donnell is a YA author from Melbourne. She has worked as a bookseller, editor and digital marketer, but it's her fascination for people, music, the future and small unexplored places that inspire her writing. Untidy Towns was released in 2017 and Kate's most recent novel, This One is Ours, won the 2021 Indie Book Awards: Young Adult Book of the Year.

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