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Margaret River Library will host award-winning history and folklore author Juliet Marillier for the first stop on her South west libraries tour.

Scheduled for 6pm on Thursday 19 October 2017, the presentation will consider the human relationship and personal journeys of the characters in each of her books and novel series.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Library Services Coordinator Kerry Darnell said she was pleased to be able to the offer the local community the opportunity to meet and engage with the established author.

“Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales,” she said.

“She is currently working on the Blackthorn and Grim series of historical fantasy-mysteries for adult readers.

“Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for local book worms, and anyone else with a general interest in history and folklore, to learn a little more about the research, backgrounds and inspiration these books.”

Juliet has been a full-time writer for about 12 years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – but now lives in Western Australia.

She is active in her local writing community, mentoring aspiring writers, giving workshops, and serving on the Literary Board of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. She is a regular contributor to genre writing blog Writer Unboxed.

Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) and her spiritual values are often reflected in her work – the human characters’ relationship with the natural world plays a significant part, as does the power of storytelling to teach and to heal.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

RSVPs are welcome up to the day of the event by phoning 9780 5600, emailing amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au or dropping into the Margaret River Library on Fearn Ave.

Light refreshments will be included.

The Juliet Marillier author talk is brought to the community by funding from WritingWA.

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