Meet acclaimed short story author Laurie Steed as he talks about his debut novel 'You Belong Here' a book about trust and connection. About what keeps us going, in spite of ourselves. About a place where we belong.
‘Come in. Press PLAY. Tell me what you like about this song. Shout out your dreams, cravings, obsessions from when the track starts, right through to the end. I’ll shout too, you, me, together, louder until we’re a wall of sound. We are trying to find things, people, places we love, and everything counts—songs, films, books, fathers, lovers, friends, and brothers.’
Jen and Steven meet at sixteen and marry at eighteen. Soon they’re the parents of three young children.
Initially, the kids keep them together until love turns to lies and the family implodes. As they grow into adults, each child faces love and loss in the shadow of their family legacy.
'Laurie Steed's dazzling novel 'You Belong Here' has a tenderness, honesty, and sense of humour that's rarely seen in Australian fiction.'
- Ryan O'Neill, author, Their Brilliant Careers, and winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Award.
Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize-winning author of You Belong Here, published by Margaret River Press. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, and elsewhere.
He is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (Western Australia). He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria, is the editor of Shibboleth and other stories, and has previously worked as an advisory consultant for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Small Press Network, and The Emerging Writers Festival.
Complimentary wine and nibbles will be served, and copies of the book will be available for purchase during the evening.
This is a free event.