Join us for Stories on Stage with much-loved, bestselling authors FIONA LOWE and MAYA LINNELL in-conversation with MONIQUE MULLIGAN.

They will talk about their latest novels, their love of rural fiction, the Romance Writers of Australia conference, their writing processes, and more!

The event includes supper. Wine available at the bar.

SUITABLE FOR: Adults who love reading and writing; rural fiction and romance fiction fans

ADDITIONAL INFO: Stories on Stage is a series of evening ‘meet the author’ events held in Theatre 2. Each event includes an in-conversation or author talk, Q and A session, meet and greet over supper, book sales and signings.

Bestselling rural fiction author, Maya Linnell, gathers inspiration from her rural upbringing and the small communities she has always lived in and loved. Magpie’s Bend is her third novel, following Bottlebrush Creek and Wildflower Ridge. A former country journalist and radio host, Maya also blogs for Romance Writers Australia, loves baking up a storm, tending to her rambling garden and raising three little bookworms.

Fiona Lowe has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. She spent her early years in Papua New Guinea where, without television, reading was the entertainment and it set up a lifelong love of books. Although she often re-wrote the endings of books in her head, it was the birth of her first child that prompted her to write her first novel. A recipient of the prestigious USA RITA® award and the Australian RuBY award, Fiona writes books that are set in small country towns. They feature real people facing difficult choices and explore how family ties and relationships impact on their decisions.

Monique Mulligan is an author, interviewer, marketing officer and founder of the Stories on Stage program. Her debut contemporary fiction novel Wherever You Go was published in 2020 and her second novel Wildflower in March 2022.