Fantasy authors share secrets

03 September 2015

Australia's queen of modern fantasy writing, Isobelle Carmody, will tell Write Around the Murray Festival audiences about the magic ingredients that have made her books so compelling to readers of all ages.

Write Around the Murray co-ordinator Ann-maree Ellis said the festival had been very lucky to secure Carmody, who is the best-selling and internationally renowned author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

"She wrote the first in her Obernewtyn series when she was just 14 and the seventh and final instalment, The Red Queen, has just been completed and will be released in November," Ms Ellis said.

Carmody will be joined on The Magic Ingredient panel by fellow fantasy writers, Richard Harland and Andrew McGahan.

"Fantasy is an incredibly popular genre and we're very excited to be featuring it in the program with authors of such diversity and calibre. I've no doubt it will be a great discussion for anyone interested in writing and storytelling more broadly, as well as fantasy fans," Ms Ellis said.

The panel will be interviewed by writer and reviewer Danielle Binks, who will ask the authors to tease out magic from myth as they explore what makes truly fantastic fiction.

Richard Harland is best known for his 'steampunk fantasy', including the novels Worldshaker and Song of the Slums.

Andrew McGahan is best known for his first novel, Praise, which was made into a film, and the Miles Franklin winning The White Earth. He is writing the fourth book in a young adult series of seafaring adventure, The Ship Kings, which is his first foray into fantasy fiction.

The Magic Ingredient
When: Saturday 12 September, 2.30pm – 3.45pm
Where: The LibraryMuseum, corner Kiewa and Swift streets, Albury.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings: Write Around the Murray website or visit the LibraryMuseum, corner Kiewa and Swift streets