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Zoom Author Talk: Anna Spargo-Ryan 'A Kind of Magic'

Black and white image of author Anna Spargo-Ryan

Now you can watch the livestream at Traralgon Library!

Marking World Mental Health Day, award-winning writer, Anna Spargo-Ryan will be in conversation with Claire Halliday.

Join Anna and Claire as they launch Anna's powerful new memoir - A Kind Of Magic - in this special event.

Anna will discuss how she weaves together the relationships between time, mental illness, and our brain as the keeper of our stories. Anna's honest insights into her own experiences reveal her personal interrogation of reality - and her discovery of how it can be fractured, and why it’s so hard to put it back together.

A Kind of Magic blends meticulous research with vivid snapshots of the stuff that breaks us, and the magic of finding ourselves again.

About the author -

Anna lives in Melbourne, where she writes about brains and love and people and family and food and creativity. Her short work has been published by the Guardian, The Big Issue, ELLE, Good Weekend, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Daily Life, The Age, the ABC and many other places.

Her nonfiction book is A KIND OF MAGIC, and it’s about anxiety, our minds, memory, time, love and optimism.

She is also the author of two novels: THE PAPER HOUSE and THE GULF. She is the Nonfiction Editor for ISLAND Magazine.

Anna was the inaugural winner of The Horne Prize for her essay “The Suicide Gene”, and in 2018 was grateful to be supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria as part of their Creators’ Fund. She is a PhD candidate at Deakin University, writing about memory, time, mental illness and self-making.

About the host -

Claire Halliday is a freelance writer whose work has appeared regularly in Australian newspapers and magazines for over a decade. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and four children. Claire hosts regular In Conversation events for libraries, bookshops and organisations, and her insightful questions always make for an enjoyable evening.

Event information -

IMPORTANT: This session will be run using Zoom. An event link will be emailed 24 hours before the session. If you do not receive the link before the session, please check your SPAM folder or contact your local library during business hours

  • If this is your first Zoom session, joining in is straightforward! We'll send a Zoom link to your registered email address before the event. Simply click on it and our librarian will admit you in to the session.
  • You will need a reliable WiFi connection and a computer/laptop or tablet/iPad
  • If you are using a laptop you don't need to install anything to access Zoom as you can access it in your web browser by following the link which will be emailed to you.
  • If you are accessing the event from a mobile or tablet you will need to download the Zoom application beforehand via your Google Play or Apple App store
  • A phone number is required when booking a ticket for this session. This is in case we need to contact you regarding any changes to the session and may be used to confirm your attendance closer to the date.
  • You'll have the opportunity to ask questions via the Chat function on Zoom.
  • We ask that you mute your microphone when entering the session to avoid background noise during the event.


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