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About the Event

The Mandurah Readers & Writers Festival opens with a lively panel discussion between Mel Hall, Maria Papas and Emma Young sharing their experiences of having their first novels published.

6pm: Light Supper

6.30pm: Panel Discussion


Author Bios:

Mel Hall

Mel Hall is a writer and musician based in Walyalup(Fremantle), Western Australia. Her fiction has been longlisted for major writing awards, such as the Peter Carey Short Story Prize (2019), the Fogarty Literary Award (2019) and the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2018). Her novella The Choir of Gravediggers was published by Ginninderra Press in 2016, and her short fiction has appeared in WesterlyThe Sleepers Almanac and other Australian journals.

Maria Papas

Maria Papas is a West Australian writer whose fiction, creative non-fiction and academic essays have appeared in various journals including TEXTGriffith ReviewAxon and The Letters Page. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia where she researched the ways people share narratives of illness and trauma. In 2020, the creative component of her research won the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, and has since been published as her debut novel, Skimming Stones. Maria works as an English teacher and sessional academic, and when she is not writing or working, you can find her near the coast or with family. You can learn more about Maria by visiting her website:

Emma Young

After five years in bookselling, Emma retrained as a journalist and has been reporting since 2011, first for community papers, then as astate widedigital journalist for WAtoday. Her work also regularly appears in sister publications The Age and The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Last Bookshop was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award in 2019.


Places are limited. Bookings required.

Light supper and refreshments provided.

Please wait for confirmation of your booking before attending the opening event.

Location: Ward Room, Seashells Resort, Dolphin Quay - Mandurah




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Phone: 9550 3650