‘Pub to Park Storytelling’





 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.


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. Follow our pictures on FB here, and video recording of the entire storytelling here (including the skit with friends).


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. If it rains, we will have the reading inside the pub.


Storytelling #3: Sunday 29 May, 3 pm. Venue of pub to be confirmed.


Storytelling #4 & Book Signing: Book signing on Saturday 18 June 2022, 10am to noon. Petrarchs Bookstore, Launceston.

Date and venue for storytelling in Launceston tbc.


Storytelling #5: Sunday 17 July 2022, 3 pm. Mount Nelson. Meet at the carpark near the Signal Station Cafe, 700 Nelson Road.


Storytelling #6 will be held sometime from 19 to 21 August 2022 at the Tasmanian Storytelling Festival in Launceston, Tasmania. The book will be officially launched during this festival.


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.



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. 


The “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.


RSVP, inquiries… connect here!