About the Event

Join us at 6.00pm for drinks and nibbles before the opening panel of the 2023 Readers’ & Writers’ Festival at 6.30pm.

An evening of romance, relationships and navigating life as a modern woman., the opening event features Carrie Cox, Lily Malone and Rebecca Raisin discussing their novels, led by panel convenor, Sasha Wasley

The Readers’ and Writers’ Festival is an annual adult literature event presented by City of Mandurah Library & Heritage Services. In 2023 it will be held from 12 – 15 January at the Seashells Resort Mandurah. The aim of the festival is to foster a love of reading and literature and encourage creativity in our community. This year the festival brings together an array of established and emerging storytellers from across WA. The free to attend three-day festival programme includes author talks, panel discussions, and high tea.

Carrie Cox

Carrie Cox grew up in Mackay. Qld. She is a journalist, author, tutor, mother and timid surfer, never all at once and not in that order. For ten years Carrie wrote a weekly satirical novel for multiple Australian newspapers. She used this column as the basis for You Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Bus. Carrie is the author of Afternoons with Harvey Beam and So Many Beats of the Heart.

Lily Malone

Lily Malone might have been a painter, except her year-old son put a golf club through her canvas. So, she wrote her first book instead, and now has six full length rural romance novels and one novella published. Lily is a member of Australian Rural Fiction and Australian Fiction Authors. She lives in the Margaret River region with her husband, and two handsome sons who take after their father. Lily is the author of His Brand of Beautiful, The Vineyard in the Hills, Water Under the Bridge, The Café by the Bridge, Last Bridge Before Home and The Vets Country Holiday.

Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines and is now focusing on writing romance. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love. Rebecca is the author of 17 books, the latest Escape to Honeysuckle Hall.

Sasha Wasley – Panel Convenor

Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, WA. She holds a PhD in feminist literature and is an advocate for literacy and creativity. Her debut novel was published in 2015, after which she gave up her copywriting business to pursue a career in writing fiction. Sasha lives and writes in the Perth Hills with her partner and two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens. Sasha is the author of Spring Clean for the Peach Queen (2021) and Caravan like a Canary (2022).

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