We See the Stars

Kate van Hooft In Conversation with comedian, writer and researcher Tom Gibson

Saturday 25 August 2018
9.30AM – 10.30AM
National Museum of Australia

A haunting and deeply moving novel with a brilliant voice in the tradition of The Eye of the Sheep and Jasper Jones. Simon is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in a world of silence, lists and numbers. He hasn't spoken for years and he doesn't know why. Everyone at school thinks he's weird and his only friends in the world are his brother Davey and Superman, who's always there when he needs him. One day Simon shares his Vita-Weats with Cassie, the scary girl from his class, and a friendship starts to form. And the new teacher Ms Hilcombe takes an interest in him, and suddenly he has another friend as well. When Ms Hilcombe goes missing, only Simon knows where she is. But he has made a promise to never tell, and promises can never be broken. So now Simon is the only one who can save her.

Kate vanHooft was born and raised in Melbourne to an Aussie mum and Dutch dad. She lives with her husband Paul Carter, also a writer.Kate has a BA in Creative Writing from Melbourne Uni, a Master of Communications from Deakin, and is now completing a Master of Social Work. She has worked for more than ten years in student wellbeing and disability support in tertiary education. Kate is currently working as a disability advisor at Swinburne, while finishing her studies and writing. As a professional in the disability and education sector, Kate has become passionate about youth mental health and the way children, in particular, are 'pathologised before they are listened to'.  We See the Stars is her first novel.

Tom Gibson is a comedian, writer, researcher and former teacher who lives in Canberra. Tom is completing a Creative PhD at the University of Canberra that focuses on the identity development of protagonists in Young Adult Fiction, and is writing his first Young Adult novel.