10.30am - 11.30am
Council Chamber
Ticket Price:
Full $15 Conc $12 Early $10

New Fiction Willy Lit Fest

Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down captures that moment when being young and invincible gives way to being open and vulnerable. The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky tackles survival, terror, death and love.  Dr Natalie Kon-yu talks with these talented authors about their debut novels.

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The Waiting Room – Leah Kaminsky
The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories.
Dina is a family doctor living in the melting-pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of Melbourne to Holocaust survivors, Dina left behind a childhood marred by misery and the tragedies of the past to build a new life for herself in the Promised Land.
After starting a family of her own, she finds her life falling apart beneath the demands of her eccentric patients, a marriage starting to fray, the ever-present threat of terrorist attack and the ghost of her mother, haunting her with memories that Dina would prefer to leave on the other side of the world.
Leah Kaminsky plumbs the depths of her characters’ memories, both the sweet and the heart-wrenching, reaching back in a single climactic day through six decades and across three continents to uncover a truth that could save Dina’s sanity – and her life.
Compelling, moving and memorable. Graeme Simsion.
Our Magic Hour – Jennifer Down
Evocative and exquisitely written, Our Magic Hour is a story of love, loss and discovery. Jennifer Down’s remarkable debut novel captures that moment when being young and invincible gives way to being open and vulnerable, when one terrible act changes a life forever.

‘A gritty, evocative story…Unconventional and intimate, Our Magic Hour is a must-read.’ Canberra Weekly

‘Down’s novel is a story about very small things, that all add up to very big things about grief and friendship, love and death…Down has an impressive feel for the drama of the ordinary.’

Age/Sydney Morning Herald