Celebrate Reading National Conference: Hamilton Hill author Deb Fitzpatrick to discuss importance of literature


Leah Firth, Sacha Burbridge, Lesley Reece, Margaret Eaton, Mailee Clarke, Kath Wisken and Nicole Clarke.           d460907
Leah Firth, Sacha Burbridge, Lesley Reece, Margaret Eaton, Mailee Clarke, Kath Wisken and Nicole Clarke.         d460907

HAMILTON Hill’s Deb Fitzpatrick will join some of the country’s biggest authors in Fremantle next week to discuss the importance of literature for young adults.

Ms Fitzpatrick will be alongside the likes of Markus Zusak, Libby Hathorn, James Moloney and Dianne Touchell at The Literature Centre’s annual Celebrate Reading National Conference, which this year will focus on how to provide quality literature for young adults.

She said she was looking forward to her presentation and working alongside the other writers.

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“I’ll be talking about fictionalising real events in writing, as I’ve done in several of my books, specifically The Break, which fictionally explores the Gracetown cliff collapse of 1996, and The Amazing Spencer Gray, which I wrote after hearing about a terrible gliding accident in the Stirling Range,” she said.

“It’s so exciting having the opportunity to sit down with other authors and hear their approaches (and) their solutions to creative problems.

“And being surrounded by readers is so lovely.”

The conference is in Fremantle on October 28 and 29. Visit www.thelitcentre.org.au for more information.