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The Ripple Effect

Sat 4 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

The new novels of Miles Franklin–winning writer Sofie Laguna (Infinite Splendours) and Walkley–winning journalist Erina Reddan (The Serpent’s Skin) each depict childhood trauma and its reverberations into adulthood. In this panel event, they speak with Ellen Cregan about the corrosive power of toxic masculinity, the betrayal of a child by the adults in their life, the strength of sibling bonds, and the ways in which hope and redemption are salvaged later in life.


1 hour



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Ellen Cregan is a reader and writer from Melbourne/Naarm. She is the manager of Brunswick Bound bookstore and is the host of Kill Your Darlings First Book Club.

Sofie’s writing for adults has earned her many awards, including the Miles Franklin. Her books for children have been published all over the world and have won many awards, including Honour Book by the CBCA. Sofie’s new novel for adults, Infinite Splendours, has recently been released to critical acclaim.

Erina Reddan is an award-winning journalist. She worked as a foreign correspondent with the ABC and won a prestigious Walkley Award for her broadcast work. She has worked across radio and television, and now trains people in communication skills. Her latest novel is The Serpent’s Skin.

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