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Yvonne Fein In Conversation with Michael Veitch

Sunday 26 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

This entertaining and compelling collection of short stories by novelist and playwright Yvonne Fein follows the great Yiddish storytelling traditions in tone and style: tackling life’s questions, big and banal, with an evocative, humorous and thought-provoking authority. In conversation with renowned Australian comedian and author Michael Veitch.

Yvonne Fein is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, an experience that drove her to write about the fallout creatively, to investigate it academically and seek answers from religion unsuccessfully. Former lecturer at the Jewish Museum of Australia, she holds a Diploma of Creative Writing and completed an M.A. in Classical Jewish Text. Her previous publications include two adult novels – April Fool and The Torn Messiah – and one YA novel – Rachel Racing Time. In 2001, April Fool was short-listed for the Ned Kelly Awards in the ‘Best First Crime Novel’ category. In 2014, she won an award in the Gotham Screenplay Competition (New York) for screen adaptation of April Fool and was a semi-finalist in the Rhode Island Film Festival.

Performer, writer and broadcaster, Michael Veitch began his career during the heyday of 1980s Australian sketch comedy in such iconic shows as D-Generation and Fast Forward, before progressing to stage performance and newspaper writing. For several years, he presented the national TV arts program, Sunday Arts on ABC Television and broadcast across the country for ABC radio.

He is the author of eight published books, ranging from his interest in the stories of the airmen of the Second World War, to the exploration of the islands of Bass Strait, and the story of CSIRO's endeavours in marine science. His latest book Hell Ship was released through Allen & Unwin in July this year.