Stories from the Past

Next date: Friday, 09 September 2022 | 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

Kate Forsyth and Eleanor Limprecht in conversation with Judy Johnson.

Historical novels transport us, bring historical events and characters to life and hold a mirror to the present day. Kate Forsyth’s most recent novel,The Crimson Thread, is a re-imagining of ‘The Minotaur in the Labyrinth’ myth set in Crete during the Nazi invasion and occupation of World War II. Elanor Limprecht’s The Coast tells the story of growing up in isolation in a leprosy colony in Sydney. The panel will discuss the research and reimagined true stories behind their books.

Books available for purchase and signing

Gold coin entry

Presented by History Illuminated

About the presenters:

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author, poet, and storyteller. Other historical novels include Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ told in the voices of four women of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of artists and poets; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales which was named Most Memorable Love Story of 2013; and Bitter Greens, a retelling of ‘Rapunzel’ which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction. Kate has a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She has taught writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, Greece, and the United Kingdom.

Eleanor Limprecht was born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia. Her first novel, What Was Left, came out in 2013 with Sleepers Publishing. Her second novel, Long Bay, was released in 2015. In 2018 her third novel, The Passengers, was published by Allen & Unwin. In June 2022 her fourth novel, The Coast, was released with Allen & Unwin. She has had short fiction, book reviews, feature articles and essays published in lots of places (see published work). Eleanor is on the board of directors at Writing NSW.

Judy Johnson is an award-winning poet with a special interest in bringing to life little known but fascinating aspects of Australia's history. Prizes for her historical narratives include the Banjo Paterson Award, which she won three years in a row, and the Val Vallis Award. She has been the recipient of three New Work Grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, is currently working on another historical novel. Judy Johnson lives on the NSW Central Coast.

About the venue

The Warners Bay Theatre can be accessed via a ramp on Lake St and flat entry once inside the building. The venue has accessible toilets and accessible parking is available out the front on Lake Street.

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  • Friday, 09 September 2022 | 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM


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