Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Writers' Festival

I'm very pleased to write that I'll be involved in three forthcoming events in Victoria over this month and next. This weekend I'll be participating in two events with Melbourne's fantastic Wheeler Centre, one alongside Jo Case, and the other with musicians Lior and Genevieve Lacey.

 I'm also very chuffed to be appearing at Melbourne Writers' Festival in conversation with Bethanie Blanchard on Friday 22 August. MWF, one of Australia's finest literary festivals, promises to be particularly special this year, with guests such as Dave Eggers,  Helen Garner, astronaut Chris Hadfield, Sir Salman Rushdie, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Emily Nussbaum appearing. Go along to be challenged, inspired, and to have your world shaken up a little.


Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, 7:00PM - 10:00PM, Friday 25 July 2014

Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction. Featuring the curious case of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be hanged in Iceland, it was one of the international success stories of 2013. Join her as she recounts how she came to write the story of this misunderstood woman, in conversation with Jo Case.


The Substation, 5:00PM - 6:00PM, Saturday 26 July 2014

Who do our favourite writers listen to? What do the musicians we admire love to read? In the second instalment of Words and Music, debut novelist Hannah Kent, whose book Burial Rites has been an international sensation, is joined by ARIA-award-nominated singer/songwriter Lior, whose first albumAutumn Flow is one of the most successful Australian releases in recent history.


Friday 22 August at Deakin Edge, 4pm-5pm

Hannah Kent discusses her journey from an unpublished author to an internationally acclaimed writer, whose debut novel Burial Rites has been translated into no fewer than 20 languages. In conversation with Bethanie Blanchard.

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The 2014 Emerging Writers' Festival

I am absolutely delighted to be a 2014 Ambassador for the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne this weekend, alongside Maxine Beneba Clarke, Krissy Kneen, Benjamin Law and Felix Nobis.

We'll be appearing in several events over The EWF National Writers' Conference (31 May - 1 June), and my events are listed below. We'll also be hanging out around the Festival between sessions, so if you see us, please do come up and say hello and have a chat. For tickets to the conference, please look here.

Many thanks to Monash University Faculty of Arts, supporters of The Ambassadors Program.


Saturday 31 May, 10.00pm - 11.00pm, Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall.

Our five Festival Ambassadors share the writing advice they wish they had known when they were starting out – in the form of five rules for writing, each – as an inspiring guide for the next time you sit down to write. It’s 5 x 5 and you will come away with 25 hot tips.

With Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hannah Kent, Krissy Kneen, Benjamin Law and Felix Nobis. Hosted by Sam Twyford-Moore.


Sunday 1 June, 10.00am - 11.00am, Melbourne Room, Melbourne Town Hall.

Step into The Control Room where you are in control of the conversation. We put a writer in a room and let you ask the questions. There is no host. There are only the writers and the audience. They bring the experience, you bring the questions.


Sunday 1 June, 12.00pm - 1.00pm, Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall.

How do Australian writers fare overseas? What happens when an Australian writer writes a book set in Iceland? What research is needed to set any Australian book overseas, and how does writing about an international setting speak to your own roots? These writers are often out of the country – while they’re here, catch them speaking before they go jetsetting again to the next new location for chapter two.

With Hannah Kent, Ender Baskan and Jo Randerson. Hosted by André Dao.


Upcoming Events in the US

I'm thrilled to announce that I have touched down on American soil, and will be visiting US bookstores and libraries over the next couple of weeks to speak about my debut novel Burial Rites (in paperback with Back Bay). There's something very special about US independent bookstores, and I'm looking forward to spending the next few weeks visiting so many.

All 14 events, which are listed below, will include a talk, questions and a signing. More information about each event can be found by following the links below.

Tuesday 8 April: RJ Julia Booksellers - Madison CT, USA.

Wednesday 9 April: Watermark Books - Wichita KS, USA.

Thursday 10 April: Left Bank Books - St Louis MO, USA.

Monday 14 April: Brazos Bookstore - Houston TX, USA.

Tuesday 15 April: Tattered Cover Bookstore - Denver CO, USA.

Wednesday 16 April: Friends of CSU and Firehouse Books Event - Ft Collins CO, USA.

Thursday 17 April: King's English Bookshop - Salt Lake City UT, USA.

Friday 18 April: Powell's - Portland OR, USA.

Saturday 19 April: University Bookstore - Seattle WA, USA.

Monday 21 April: Pages - Manhattan Beach CA, USA.

Tuesday 22 April: Copperfield's - Sebastopol CA, USA.

Wednesday 23 April: Mrs. Dalloway's - Berkely CA, USA.

Thursday 24 April: Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild - Rancho Santa Fe CA, USA.

Thursday 24 April: Warwick's - La Jolla CA, USA.