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It’s a Question of Character: Creating Angels and Demons

22 October 2023 | 2:30 pm - 1 June 2024 | 3:25 pm

It’s a Question of Character: Creating Angels and Demons

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.



Kelly Rimmer, Victoria Purman and Nicole Alexander have conjured various characters across their many books. Greg Johnston will examine their inspiration for key characters, the methods used to fully develop them, whether unexpected plot twists arose when placing them in predicaments, and if their creations took on a life of their own once delivered to readers.

About Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the author of 13 historical and contemporary fiction novels, including The German Wife, The Warsaw Orphan, The Things We Cannot Say and most recently The Paris Agent, with more than 2 million copies of her novels sold to date. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In 2022, Kelly purchased the Collins Booksellers Orange store. She lives in Orange with her family and a whole menagerie of badly behaved animals.

About Nicole Alexander

Nicole Alexander’s novels, poetry, travel, creative writing and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, America, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Ukraine and Canada. She is the author of eleven bestselling historical novels and was Chair of the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize. Nicole’s debut novel, The Bark Cutters was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award and she holds a Master of Letters in creative writing/literature. Her most recent novel is The Last Station.

About Victoria Purman

Victoria Purman is an Australian top ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author. Her 2023 novel, A Woman’s Work, is out now. Her books The Nurses’ War, The Women’s Pages, The Land Girls and The Last of the Bonegilla Girls have all been Australian bestsellers. Her earlier novel The Three Miss Allens was a USA Today bestseller. She is a regular guest at writers festivals, a mentor and workshop presenter across Australia, and has judged the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and the 2022 ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

About Greg Johnston

G.S. Johnston is the author of three historical novels, Sweet Bitter Cane (2019), The Cast of a Hand (2015), The Skin of Water (2012). And a fourth novel set in contemporary Hong Kong, Consumption (2011). The novels are noted for their complex characters and well-researched settings.

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22 October 2023 | 2:30 pm
1 June 2024 | 3:25 pm
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