Thursday 22nd August, 6.30pm @ Sutherland Library



Inspiring true story of a mum and daughter who traded a conventional life in the suburbs for a life travelling the world.

Evie Farrell left behind a demanding job and hefty mortgage to explore the world with her six-year-old daughter Emmie. The two-and-a-half year backpacking adventure featured camping on the Great Wall of China, swimming with mantas in Indonesia, donating much-needed blood in Cambodia and being chased by monkeys everywhere.

In their journey toward happiness and self-acceptance, they learnt more about each other and the beautiful world around them than Evie ever expected.


Sunday 25th August, 2.00pm @ North Wollongong SLSC


In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her HSC exams while her two younger sisters, Carlie and Lisa, went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. This book is about what happened next.

A tender and heartfelt book, exploring the intricacies and long aftermath of trauma and grief with great frankness and directness. Its honest and exacting exploration of what happens to the body and the self in grief is deeply moving, without being excoriating, and the writing is both lyrical and tough - Higgins has a distinctive and accomplished voice, and this book is a beautiful achievement.' FIONA WRIGHT

'An urgent, poetic and skinless howl of a book.' LEE KOFMAN

'An astounding new voice whose work mines the slippery regions between grief, sex, love, parents and children. This book is a rare find.' FELICITY CASTAGNA