Read Local


Read local: Author conversation series

We’re lucky to live in a region that is home to a diverse group of creative people, but how much do you know about Canberra’s fabulous authors?

Join us to find out about the authors and stories behind the stories of some of Canberra’s very own authors with our online series of author conversations facilitated by well-known local journalists Andrew Bell and Louise Maher.

A new video is being added each fortnight to showcase the wide variety of subjects, audiences and experiences of our local authors. Stay tuned to find out who we'll be talking with next.

Shane W Smith

We kick off with special guest Shane W Smith, author of the fan-favourite Undad trilogy. Shane is a father of four, author and artist who creates graphic novels, and is also a screenwriter.

Get the inside story on Shane’s creative works, his inspirations, how he juggles family life, work and writing, and what he's got on the horizon.

Click to watch the video

Reserve, borrow or view Shane's work in our collection

Visit Shane's official website

Zoya Patel

Coming soon!

Stay tuned for Andrew's sit down conversation with Zoya Patel, author of No Woman Country.

Looking to up your read local game? Check out items by these authors and other amazing local talent in our Local Authors Showcase collection.

* Note: Some items are not for loan, but can be viewed at the ACT Heritage Library.