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Elisabeth Storrs in conversation with Mirandi Riwoe & Devika Ponnambalam

21 October 2023 | 3:00 pm - 1 June 2024 | 3:55 pm

In Conversation with Mirandi Riwoe and Devika Ponnambalam

The Conference was both a live and online event with in-person sessions livestreamed to a virtual audience. All recordings of in-person plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your access ticket. There is no option to buy recordings of individual sessions.



Mirandi Riwoe’s Sunbirds tests the identities and loyalties between Dutch and Indonesians in colonial Java on the eve of the Japanese invasion. Devika Ponnambalam’s I Am Not Your Eve is an imagining of the life of Teha’amana, Paul Gaugin’s Tahitian ‘child-bride’. Both authors join Elisabeth Storrs in discussing the complexities of bringing alternative perspectives to previously Euro-centric stories, and the research challenges experienced in delving deeper into such histories.

All plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your weekend conference ticket. There’s no need to reserve a seat in individual sessions.

About Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain won the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize and the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her short fiction and novellas can be found in the collection The Burnished Sun. Her latest novel is Sunbirds.

About Devika Ponnambalam

Devika Ponnambalam was born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. She came to the UK at the age of eight, grew up in London, and now lives in Edinburgh. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, her short films have been screened internationally, with commissions from the Arts Council of England, Film Four and the British Film Institute. Devika has an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. In 2018, she was awarded a research and development grant from Creative Scotland to travel to Tahiti to complete writing this book. I am Not Your Eve is the result of seventeen-year-long journey.

About Elisabeth Storrs

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 with 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.


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21 October 2023 | 3:00 pm
1 June 2024 | 3:55 pm
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