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.

Meet our facilitators

Andrew Bell - Local broadcaster & Journalist

A broadcaster and journalist who has worked for the ABC, BBC (in Welsh & English), Reuters, WIN, Nine and Ten in a career spanning forty years.

Louise Maher - Local podcaster, editor & trainer

A former ABC broadcaster and journalist who now works as a podcaster, editor and trainer. She's always loved words and stories, and is a proud Canberran and a passionate reader.

Meet our authors

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.

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Kaaron Warren

Where do the "Weird Warren World" stories of darkness, confinement, ghosts, ghore, horror & more come from? Find out in the second episode of our Read Local series.

Sit down with Andrew Bell to delve into all things Kaaron, her life as a writer and observer, what's influenced and inspired her, and what's to come.

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

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Zoya Patel

Hear from Zoya Patel, author of the powerful memoir, No Country Woman, chair of the Stella Prize judges for 2021, and founder and editor of Feminartsy.

Find out about her migrant experience, growing up, identity and the diaspora, racism, culture and more.

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Donna Hosie

If you enjoy Young Adults Fiction, make sure you catch our Read Local author conversation with Donna Hosie.

Her critically-acclaimed The Devil's series received multiple awards for Young Adults Fiction. She has also written The Return to Camelot trilogy, The Children of Camelot series, and The 48.

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Jeanine Leane

We were honoured to have award-winning Wiradjuri writer, teacher, academic and essayist, Dr Jeanine Leane talk to Louise Maher about coming from Wiradjuri land and memories of her childhood, the power of poetry, loss of indigenous languages and Janine’s work towards reclaiming the Wiradjuri language.

Jeanine finishes with readings from "Guwayu – For all times".

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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.