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Show and Tell: Weaving a Story around a Treasured Possession

24 October 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

From where does inspiration spring? How can an object be used to provide the focal point for a narrative? Elisabeth Storrs, will ask Natasha Lester and Ian Reid to show and tell us how a painting and an embroidered coat are the catalysts for their plot arcs and interactions between their characters.

The Panellists

Elisabeth Storrs (Chair)

Elisabeth Storrs has a great love for the history and legends of the ancient world. She is the award-winning author of the A Tale of Ancient Rome saga which was endorsed by Ursula Le Guin, Kate Quinn and Ben Kane. Now she’s hurtling centuries forward to write Treasured, a novel set in WW2 Berlin about stolen art, crazy Nazi archaeology, and a race to save the Trojan Gold. She is the founder and program director of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. In 2020, Elisabeth headed the team that introduced the $100,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize to the ANZ literary calendar. For further information:

Natasha Lester

Natasha Lester is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress, The French Photographer and The Paris Secret, and a former marketing executive for L’Oreal. Her new novel is called The Riviera House. Her books have been translated into many different languages and are published all around the world. When she’s not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, practising the art of fashion illustration and reading about history. Natasha is a sought-after public speaker and lives with her husband and three children in Perth, Western Australia. For further information:

Ian Reid

Ian Reid grew up in New Zealand and has lived for many years in Perth. The Madwoman’s Coat is his fifth historical novel. He is the author of 15 books — mainly fiction, poetry and literary criticism — and editor of several more. Ian’s work has been widely published, winning international recognition including the Antipodes Prize and being translated into five languages. He is an Adjunct Professor in English and Literary Studies at the University of Western Australia. For further information:




24 October 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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