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Essays and stories on age and agency with Melanie Joosten

Join us at Sandringham library to explore how to write compelling essays and stories, particularly those that deal with the critical themes of age and agency. Saturday15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and, while this topic may be uncomfortable, it is of growing importance in our community, and provides an opportunity for us to learn and connect, as well as to harness the power of the written word.

Melanie Joosten is the author of three acclaimed novels, most recently "Like Fire-Hearted Suns" about the suffragettes. Melanie also wrote an essay collection, "A Long Time Coming", which drew on her experience as a social worker and researcher in the fields of ageing, elder abuse and social policy. It was awarded the prestigious Australasian Journal of Ageing Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Nib Waverley Literary Award, for which it won the People’s Choice prize.

This session is for writers and those who aspire to write, regardless of age, as we all have the right to age and have agency in our own lives.

If the $10 payment is a barrier to access for you, please contact us.

When: Saturday 15 June 2024, 1pm to 3:30pm 
Where: Sandringham Library, 2 Waltham Street
Cost: $10
Ages: 16+



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2 Waltham Street

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