August appearances

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I’m looking forward to being Guest Speaker for the August Literary Luncheon of the Society of Women Writers NSW, at the State Library of NSW. In Too close to home; or not close enough, I’ll be discussing the research behind the writing of Promising Azra.  You don’t need to be a member of the Society of Women Writers to come along – you can find details about booking here.


Helen ThurloeAugust appearances
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Zonta Northern Beaches

A warm welcome on a cold night from the good ladies of Zonta Club Northern Beaches. Great to speak about forced marriage in Australia, and to answer many interesting questions.

Helen ThurloeZonta Northern Beaches
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Northern Beaches Launch

A dark Avalon Beach alleyway was the portal to an evening of northern beaches Azra-ness. In conversation with Libby Armstrong of Beachside Bookshop, I talked about what inspired me to write Promising Azra, and also about all the help I received along the way.

Helen ThurloeNorthern Beaches Launch
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Launch of Promising Azra

It was standing room only at the official launch of Promising Azra at Kinokuniya in Sydney. Dr Eman Sharobeem from SBS kicked things off by explaining the context for the story, as well as her involvement in my initial research. I then acknowledged the assistance of my many readers and helpers, reciting a list of their (mostly helpful) suggestions about chemistry, mixed martial arts, caterpillars, Pakistani food, Islam, roll-call times, and dogs.

Helen ThurloeLaunch of Promising Azra
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