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Looking for Alibrandi & Girls in Boys' Cars in Conversation

Exploring youth and identity with Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna.

A literary event like no other, at Riverside National Theatre of Paramatta hosts a captivating in-conversation session featuring two of Australia's most renowned authors, Felicity Castagna and Melina Marchetta. Moderated by the National Theatre of Parramatta's Joanne Kee, this event promises to delve deep into the multifaceted lives of writers, exploring their influence across the realms of the page, the stage, and the screen.

For literature enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to witness a meeting of creative minds that have left an indelible mark on the world of storytelling. By securing your ticket for the performance of "Girls In Boys' Cars" on Thursday, October 26th, you'll gain exclusive access to this unique event, presented by Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta.

Melina Marchetta's literary journey is nothing short of remarkable. Her beloved Australian classic, "Looking for Alibrandi," published in 1992, not only took the literary world by storm but also captivated readers across twenty countries and in eighteen languages. The novel garnered an impressive array of literary awards and was adapted into a film in 2000, with Marchetta herself at the helm of the screenplay, earning accolades including an AFI Award.

Felicity Castagna is no stranger to accolades and recognition. With four novels to her name, written for both adults and young adults, she has carved a niche for herself as a prolific author. Her most recent work, "Girls In Boys’ Cars," stands as a testament to her storytelling prowess, earning her The Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the esteemed title of a CBCA Honour book of the Year. Her previous novel, "No More Boats," earned her a spot as a finalist in the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award, showcasing the depth of her literary contributions.

Felicity Castagna's impact extends beyond the written word. She has embraced the world of cross-artform collaborations, working alongside artists from various disciplines to create immersive experiences in the realms of theatre and installation, often featured in major festivals. Her ability to transcend traditional storytelling boundaries reflects her versatility as a creator.

The upcoming in-conversation event promises a fascinating exploration of the creative processes, inspirations, and journeys of these two trailblazers. It's a unique opportunity to gain insight into the minds of writers whose works have left an indelible mark on the literary landscape, both in Australia and around the world.

Join Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna, where the magic of storytelling comes to life in the heart of Parramatta. Tickets here.

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