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Between the Lines: Conversations on the Art of Writing

Between the Lines: Conversations on the Art of Writing

Date & Time

March 5, 2024 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Join us in conversation with authors Tim Ayliffe, Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Shankari Chandran and Ryan Butta as they delve into the intricate world of writing. They’ll share their creative processes and strategies for taking an idea through to a published book, debunking writing myths and sharing tips that can transform your approach to the written word. Whether you’re a budding novelist, a seasoned journalist, or simply a passionate reader, this event promises to ignite your creativity and deepen your understanding of the art of storytelling.

About Ryan Butta

Ryan Butta grew up in regional New South Wales.

Before he started writing he worked in international trade and has lived and worked extensively overseas. He is a writer, author and editor.  When he is not writing Ryan enjoys fly fishing, cooking over flame and telling people that he once played cricket for Argentina. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese but mostly enjoys long silences.

Ryan currently lives in the NSW Hunter Valley with his wife, Carolina, and a Cavoodle called Canela and is working on his second work of Australian history.

Instagram: @ryan.butta

X: @RyanButta

Facebook | RyanButtaAuthor

Substack | ryanbutta.substack.com



About Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of Dark Mode, an internationally published psychological thriller. Her earlier books are How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, collected fiction and essays, which was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings and more. Ashley co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health, and teaches creative writing. Originally from Canada, she has lived and worked in South Korea, Peru and Mexico.

Image credit: Ashley Kalagian Blunt, photo credit Marnya Rothe

Instagram: @AKalagianBlunt



About Tim Ayliffe

Tim Ayliffe’s thriller novels have been informed by his 25-year career as a journalist in Australia and around the world. He writes about espionage, extremism, politics and the global power games at play in the 21st Century. He has been the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News and also Executive Producer of News Breakfast. He is the author of the ‘John Bailey’ series including The Greater Good, State of Fear (2022), The Enemy Within and his most recent novel, Killer Traitor Spy (2023). Tim’s thrillers are also in development for TV. When he’s not writing or chasing news stories, Tim watches rugby and surfs. He lives in Sydney.


Instagram: @ayliffetim

Threads: @ayliffetim

X: @timjayliffe



About Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran is an Australian Tamil lawyer and the author of Safe Haven (2024), Unfinished Business (2024), Song of the Sun God (2022), Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens (2022) and The Barrier (2017). Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens won the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023. Song of the Sun God was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for Sri Lanka’s Fairway National Literary Award. Shankari is the deputy chair of Writing NSW. She lives in Sydney with her husband and children.


Instagram: @shankarichandranauthor


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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

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