Canberrans Taking on the World!

Cat Sparks, Dan O'Malley & Karen Viggers In Conversation with Dr Craig Cormick

Sunday 26 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Conference Room
National Library of Australia

Meet the Canberra writers who are making a name for themselves overseas and hear the trials and tribulations that come with international success in a tell-all panel discussion that promises to show the grind under the glitz. Moderator Dr Craig Cormick will be in discussion with Karen Viggers, Dan O’Malley and Cat Sparks.

Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. Cat’s debut novel, Lotus Blue was shortlisted for the Compton Crook, Aurealis and Ditmar Awards. Her short story collection, The Bride Price was published in 2013. Seventy of her short stories have been published since the turn of the millennium and her 22 awards for writing, editing and art include the Peter McNamara Conveners Award (2004) for services to Australia’s speculative fiction industry.

Dan O’Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats. His first novel, The Rook, was released in 2012 and was winner of the 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Production of the Lionsgate and Liberty Global television adaptation of The Rook for Starzis currently underway in London.

Karen Viggers is the award-winning author of three internationally best-selling novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Grass Castle. Her fourth novel, The World Beneath the Trees will be published by in 2019. Karen is a wildlife veterinarian with a PhD in wildlife health, and she writes contemporary fiction set in Australian landscapes.  Her work has been translated into several languages. In 2016, The Lightkeeper’s Wife/La Mémoire des embruns won the Les Petits Mots des libraires literary award in France for a discovery novel (Roman Decouverte) and was short-listed for the Livre de poche Reader’s Choice Award. This novel was on the French national best-seller list for 42 weeks and was a No 1 bestseller on Amazon. In 2017, The Grass Castle/Le Murmure du vent was short-listed for the Pays du Galle Reader’s Prize.

Dr. Craig Cormick is an award-winning author and science communicator.  He has worked for the CSIRO, Questacon and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He has authored over 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, and published many dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines and in academic journals. He is especially interested in the intersection of history and science. In 2014 he edited,  Ned Kelly under the Microscope: solving the forensic history of Ned Kelly’sremains.