Mallika Naguran will be reading from her recently published book of short stories titled She Never Looks Quite Back at her “Pub to Park Storytelling” series in Tasmania, Australia. The stories concern vital subject matters such as war and reconciliation, nature and the environment, social displacement, the pandemic, relationships, and more. The book contains thirteen original short stories that depict characters who are swept by surprising turn of events, yet not losing their resolve to survive or create change for the better.
The “Pub to Park Storytelling” series, supported by the Culturally Diverse Alliance of Tasmania (CDAT), will take place at various venues in Tasmania, chiefly pubs, parks and nature reserves. “We are excited to have a new voice in Tasmania who seeks to promote—in a rather creative way—messages of peace and environmental stewardship in a fragile world,” said John Kamara, President of CDAT. This storytelling caught the attention of Hobart’s ABC Radio host Ryk Goddard, who chatted with Mallika on air. Hop over to the media page to see the other coverage gotten to date, from Singapore to Australia.
In the series, Naguran intends to read from different stories that relate to the setting, and these could include charming pubs, chic cafes, scenic parks – rain, hail or shine! Here are the planned sessions, so do take note and join in. It is free of charge to attend, however, do patronise the participating cafes and pubs by buying a drink or snack.
Storytelling #1: Saturday 19 March 2022, Fern Tree Tavern, 680 Huon Road, 3-5 pm. “War and reconciliation; love and passion”.
Amazing kick-off session moderated by Cr. Zelinda Sherlock.
Storytelling #2: Saturday, 23 April 2022, The Springs track on kunanyi, 3-5 pm. “Bird Watching” story reading.
Celebrating Earth Day. Meet at meet at Fern Tree Tavern at 3pm before we proceed to walk as a group.
As it happened, the sun smiled down at us, and we had a great time in the forest. The kids acted out Ling’s role as I narrated her getting lost in the forest in “Bird Watching”. And we spotted loads of mushrooms and Tasmania’s own fagus.
Storytelling #3 & Book Signing: Book signing of She Never Looks Quite Back by Mallika Naguran on Saturday 30 July 2022, 10am to noon at Petrarch’s Bookstore, 89 Brisbane Street, Launceston. Visit their FB event page.
Joint storytelling with Adam Thompson on Saturday 30 July 2022.
Adam is the author of sharp short stories Born Into This centred on Tasmania First Nation’s culture, heritage, identity, and struggles.
Venue: Devil’s Door, 91 George Street, Launceston 3-5 pm. Free event. Win vouchers with book purchase
Storytelling #4 was held on Friday 12 August at the Tasmanian Storytelling Festival at Inveresk Tramsheds, Launceston, Tasmania. This is where people who like to spin tales gather! A free event, it was also for those who wish to pick up tips on writing and stage delivery of oral storytelling. Mallika read from her short stories “The Liquid Goalie” and “Ode to Joy”. She conducted a workshop on Saturday 13 August 2 pm on what makes a good ending.
What the audience said: “The story of the goalie was so gentle yet powerful. I loved it.”
Catch Mallika with other short story writers Ben Walter, Adam Thompson and Lyndon Riggall at a panel session “The Power of the Short Story” on Saturday 15 October 2022 at Hotel Grand Chancellor during Tamar Valley Writers Festival.
The short story competition winner will be announced after this session.
Further storytelling dates to be confirmed, and please check back this page for updates (as dates might change), or connect with the author on her social media pages.
“Pub to Park Storytelling” series is open to the public; however, RSVP is required, and participants are encouraged to buy a drink at the bar. She Never Looks Quite Back was published by Penguin Random House SEA on 14 December 2021. It is available at online platforms such as Booktopia, Amazon and bookstores (if the book isn’t there, ask the bookstore to get copies). The author will be signing copies during the reading sessions.
During the nature walks, the author will share her thoughts about ecosystems, climate change, and the environment as participants accompany her and a nature expert on a leisurely stroll. Do bring your own water, snack, coat, hat and anything that keeps you comfortable.
RSVP, inquiries… connect here!