24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams lives in Melbourne with her family. In the name of research, she has spent time underground with a clandestine group called the Cave Clan, conducted a series of in-depth interviews with a group of notorious art thieves, and spent some time animating strawberries and trawling Tinder. She is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex, all of which have been shortlisted for several prestigious awards.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Workshop with Gabrielle Williams

In this fun and unexpected, interactive workshop, Gabrielle will show students how to take a step-by-step approach to developing a fully realised character.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 11.30am. Ferguson Room, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: FREE, but bookings required for capacity.


Gabrielle Williams & James Phelan
in conversation with Tom Gibson

Meet Gabrielle Williams and James Phelan as they talk about the importance of connection – both online and offline – and how the internet has changed how they write and publish books.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 2:00pm. Library Theatre, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

From the highly acclaimed author of The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex comes this funny, heartfelt novel about rage, regret and the pitfalls of life in the digital age. 

I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck. 

But I didn't want to go inside. I didn't want another drink. I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen. 

What’s a girl to do when her parents have split up; her mum’s trawling Tinder; and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to the biggest party of the year, which she then has to watch unfold on everyone else’s social media? 

If you’re a girl called MC, you get mad as hell, that’s what you do. 

But what begins as one girl’s private, no-holds-barred rant soon snowballs in the most public way possible. 

A funny, heartfelt novel for anyone who's ever wished they hadn't pressed send.

My Life as a Hashtag is published by Allen & Unwin.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

on Tumblr: gab-williams.tumblr.com

The Books that Changed Me, Sydney Morning Herald (July 2012).

Interview with Gabrielle Wang: How Writers Work.


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