Special guests at Carey's Literature Festival

Our Literature Festival evening event will be held on Tuesday 4 June, with award-winning writer Mark Brandi as Carey’s special guest at 7.00pm in the Ian Woolf Auditorium. 

Mark Brandi is a Melbourne writer who won the Debut Dagger (UK) and the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction for his book ‘Wimmera’, published in 2017. His equally as engaging and thought-provoking second book ‘The Rip’ has also just been published. Readers will find something to connect to in both stories despite the sometimes bleak subject matter.

Sue Turnbull of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote:
Wimmera is not only a story about growing up, or the revelation of a horrendous and all too familiar crime, but a stunning evocation of what it might feel like to grow up male somewhere in the country of the past.

Angela Maree from Queensland Reviewers Collective wrote:
The Rip is a compelling read, a crime novel that is just as much a psychological and sociological study. It is a novel that takes your thoughts far beyond the pages of the book and confronts you. We know youth homelessness is rife and growing. The statistics are sickening. The Salvation Army estimates that there are 44 000 children and young people without a place to call home, 17 000 of them under 12 years of age. According to Brisbane Youth Services, there are about 4 500 young people sleeping rough in Queensland and “70% left home to escape family violence, child abuse or family breakdown.” As did our young narrator whose homes were transient and not always safe.

We know that funding for homelessness programs can and does get sacrificed on political whim. We also know that, regardless of age, there is no substitute for a safe home. The Rip was eagerly anticipated and although the content can be disturbing, it is a read that is hard to put down. Who knows where this may lead?

Mark Brandi is an exciting new writer and hearing him talk about his work will be a highlight of the festival. Make sure you save the date for this unforgettable event, and keep an eye out for booking information early in Term 2.

On Wednesday 5 June at 4.00pm, former Children’s Laurette and award-winning writer and illustrator Leigh Hobbs will delight children and adults alike at the Literature Festival’s annual afternoon event in the Ian Woolf Auditorium. This is free event and fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is not to be missed. Bookings can be made early in Term 2.

Tim’s Bookshop will be operating at both events. 

Marg Moran
Acting Head of the CLI Library