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Coming-of-Age with Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna

Exploring youth and identity with Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna.

Riverside National Theatre of Parramatta is set to host a captivating in-conversation session featuring two of Australia's literary luminaries, Felicity Castagna and Melina Marchetta.

Moderated by the astute Joanne Kee of the National Theatre of Parramatta, this event promises a deep dive into the multifaceted lives of these authors, whose influence extends across the realms of the page, the stage, and the screen.

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For devotees of literature, this is a golden opportunity to witness a convergence of creative minds that have etched an indelible mark on the storytelling landscape. By securing your ticket for the performance of "Girls In Boys' Cars" on Thursday, October 26th, you'll enjoy exclusive access to this distinctive event presented by Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta.

Melina Marchetta's literary odyssey is truly extraordinary. Her timeless Australian classic, "Looking for Alibrandi," published in 1992, not only took the literary world by storm but also enraptured readers across twenty countries and in eighteen languages. The novel garnered an impressive array of literary awards and found its way onto the silver screen in 2000, with Marchetta herself steering the screenplay, earning accolades including an AFI Award.

Felicity Castagna is a beacon of accolades and recognition. With four novels spanning across adult and young adult genres, she has solidified her standing as a prolific author. Her latest creation, "Girls In Boys’ Cars," stands as a testament to her storytelling prowess, clinching The Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the esteemed title of a CBCA Honour book of the Year. Her preceding novel, "No More Boats," secured her a finalist spot in the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award, underscoring the depth of her literary contributions.

Felicity Castagna's impact transcends the written word. She has seamlessly ventured into cross-artform collaborations, partnering with artists from diverse disciplines to craft immersive experiences in theatre and installation, often featured in major festivals. Her ability to transcend traditional storytelling boundaries reflects her versatility as a creator.

The forthcoming in-conversation event promises a riveting exploration of the creative processes, inspirations, and journeys of these two trailblazers. It's a distinctive opportunity to glean insights into the minds of writers whose works have etched an indelible mark on the literary landscape, both in Australia and around the world.

Come join Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna, as the magic of storytelling unfurls in the heart of Parramatta. Grab your tickets here and be part of this literary soiree.

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