Festival Program


The Child Within

Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Peggy Frew’s Islands, Peter Fenton’s The Days of In Between, Carrie Tiffany’s Exploded View, and multiple works by author Alice Pung present characters written from a child’s viewpoint. They speak with Demet Divaroren about writing from a young perspective.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Demet Divaroren is the author of Living on Hope Street, which won the Young Adult Prize in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and was shortlisted for a 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award. She is the co-editor of Growing Up Muslim in Australia and teaches creative writing at Victoria Polytechnic.

Peter Fenton went from Crow, one of the most important Australian bands of the 1990s, to starring in Praise, adapted from Andrew McGahan’s Vogel-winning novel, and ABC’s Love is a Four Letter Word. He co-produced the multi-award-winning short film, Bunny New Girl, now a worldwide viral phenomenon.

Peggy Frew's critically acclaimed fiction has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Hope Farm, her second book, won the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award. Islands is her third novel.

Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter, Laurinda, On John Marsden and Close to Home.

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in WA. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives in Melbourne. Her novels Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds were widely acclaimed. Her new novel, Exploded View, was published in early 2019.

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