Small Town Stories
The Wheeler Centre
Rural Australia – indeed, rural anywhere – is a storytelling fixture. But in many ways, it’s specifically small towns that make a perfect setting for fiction, and a potent backdrop to coming of age.
A writer might draw on the intense social relations (or seething suspicions) of people living in each other’s pockets; the pleasures and pressures of being too near or too far from your roots. Small towns can represent a known quantity or an unknown quality. And, in terms of scale, some would be perfectly cast as a set for stage or screen.
In this edition of The Next Big Thing, we’ll hear from the authors of three new novels that take place beyond the big smoke. Slink down to The Moat to discover fresh writing from Jay Carmichael (Ironbark), Kate O’Donnell (Untidy Towns) and Mira Robertson (The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean).
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.