Friday June 3

Lecture Theatre, LT102
Ourimbah University
10 Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

$10 + booking fee

Secondary Schools In-Conversation Event

Words on the Waves is delighted to be able to offer a special in-conversation event for the Secondary Schools of the Central Coast. In this session Favel Parrett will talk about her novels and her writing process as well as a discussion on the themes and ideas of Past The Shallows, which is a widely studied HSC text.

In Conversation with Favel Parrett
Writing With an Open Heart

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett has an extraordinary command of the literary form. Her first novel, Past the Shallows, received the Dobbie Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. She herself was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Her second novel, When the Night Comes, overcame all the challenges a second novel often faces and was shortlisted for a host of prizes and longlisted for the Miles Franklin. There Was Still Love is Favel’s third novel, and in 2020 it was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards and longlisted for The Stella Prize. Wandi is her first novel for children.

In this session Favel will talk about her novels and her writing process as well as a discussion on the themes and ideas of Past The Shallows, a widely studied HSC text.

Joining her on the panel will be Blake Wawrzyk Head of English at Henry Kendall High and moderator Yvette Poshoglian. Yvette is an author and has worked as an English teacher in southwest Sydney and has strong experience in collaborating and consulting on educational projects.

Individual bookings can be made directly via this site, for bulk school bookings please contact Jacqui 0459783200 for more information or

In conversation with Favel Parrett: Writing with an open heart

Friday June 3,
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Ourimbah University,
Lecture Theatre, LT10210 Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah NSW 2258, Australia$10 + booking fee


Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett

In 2011, Favel Parrett’s career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut Past The Shallows. It was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Her next novel, When the Night Comes, was also critically acclaimed.  Favel’s short stories have been published in various journals including IslandGriffith Review and Wet Ink.

There Was Still Love was Favel’s eagerly awaited third novel. Wandi is her first novel for children.

Yvette Poshoglian

Yvette Poshoglian

Yvette has worked as an English teacher in south west Sydney and consults on educational projects. Yvette works with the Technology 4 Learning team at the NSW Department of Education. She recently worked on Everyone’s an Author, a digital creative writing program featuring 10 Aussie authors.

Yvette is a regular guest and panel host at writers’ festivals and continues to work in schools with both students and teachers in the area of creative writing, storytelling and literacy. She is proud to be an ambassador for the Books in Homes charity.

Blake Wawrzyk

Blake Wawrzyk is the Head of English at Henry Kendall High School, Gosford. He is a 2018 recipient of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators scholarship and has completed professional teacher training at Harvard University. He most recently presented a seminar at the 2020 Australian Association for the Teaching of English Conference. Blake is an avid fan of cinema.

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