Stories on Stage 2016



COST: $15 all tickets

BRIEF DETAILS: Dianne Touchell will discuss writing contemporary young adult fiction and the writing life with Monique Mulligan.

SUITABLE FOR: Adults who love reading and writing

WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre, Theatre 1

ADDITIONAL INFO:  Dianne Touchell's first book, Creepy & Maud (Fremantle Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in the Older Readers category, 2013. It was released in Germany in 2014 by Konigskinder Verlag. Her second book, A Small Madness (Allen & Unwin), was published in February 2015. A Small Madness will also be published in Germany by Konigskinder Verlag, in North America by Groundwood Books and in the UK by Murdoch Books. Her third novel, Forgetting Foster, has been released through Allen & Unwin recently.

Stories on Stage is a series of evening 'meet the author' events held in Theatre 1. Each event includes an author talk, Q and A session, meet and greet over supper, book sales and signings. Tickets cost $15 each and include supper. In 2016, events will be held on:

  • March 16: Laurie Steed & Susan Midalia
  • May 25: Natasha Lester & Rachael Johns
  • August 3: Deb Fitzpatrick in conversation with Monique Mulligan
  • November 2: Dianne Touchell in conversation with Monique Mulligan
  • November 23: Liz Byrski & Will Yeoman: "In Love & War"


Thank you for a terrific evening at the Koorliny Arts Centre. The facilities were superb, the organisation of the event was excellent and the audience was fun and receptive -  and the cakes at the end were an unexpected bonus. - FELICITY YOUNG (The Insanity of Murder)

(Stories on Stage) was beautifully organised and welcoming, and I really enjoyed myself, in a part of Perth that I'd never been to before. - JOAN LONDON (The Golden AgeGilgamesh, The Good Parents)

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to present my Stories on Stage at the Koorliny Arts Centre. The event, hosted by the brilliantly organised Monique Mulligan, allowed me to engage my audience in an intimate theatre setting. Literary conversations continued during the delicious supper, generously supplied at the conclusion of my presentation. I encourage all those interested in books and writing to visit the Koorliny Art Centre and enthusiastically support the diverse range of authors Monique has lined up for future Stories on Stage events. - MARK GREENWOOD (The Legend of Moondyne Joe)

What I loved most about being part of #DateNight at Stories On Stage was the setting. The theatre is lovely, intimate and friendly, and I felt like I was chatting about romance books and romance writing with people I'd known forever. Monique has a wonderful knack for interesting and intuitive questions, and the evening moved at a cracking pace. I didn't want it to be over, and one day, I'd love to be invited back again. LILY MALONE (Fairway to Heaven, His Brand of Beautiful)

Loved being a part of Stories on Stage. Fabulous facilities, yummy home-baked goodies, great hostess, well-organized, awesome community spirit and loads of fun. The audience was relaxed and friendly which went a long way toward calming my nerves. Keep up the good work! JUANITA KEES (Under Cover of Dark)

I really enjoyed the causal, intimate atmosphere of Stories on Stage and the opportunity to chat with the warm and generous audience members. - ANNABEL SMITH (The Ark)

Stories on Stage was a lovely opportunity for me to connect with readers. I was able to spend several hours talking with them, hearing their stories and answering their questions. I suspect I enjoyed their company more than they enjoyed mine! - ROS THOMAS, Weekend West columnist (Was it Something I Said?)

What a treat to be with not only an enthusiastic, interested, engaged and generous audience, but also in such a wonderful facility.
The presentation at Koorliny Arts Centre was truly a moment where everything came together beautifully - the people and the place, and for, me, the combination of a words-and-music performance, and then a more formal "talk" about travelling and writing, which I hadn't done before. I have received some kind feedback from those who came along (and about Monique's delicious supper, too). 
The whole thing was a delight, and I very much appreciate being invited. - STEPHEN SCOURFIELD, Travel editor and author

Thank you again for inviting me to take part in your wonderful Stories on Stage program for 2014. It was an excellent event, very well organised, and such a lovely audience, too. – AMANDA CURTIN (ElementalThe Sinkings)
The audience was pleasantly responsive, and I had several interesting conversations with people afterwards. The venue, which I hadn’t previously visited, was excellent for the Stories on Stage kind of arrangement, and I’ve been enthusiastically telling friends about what Koorliny can offer. – IAN REID (That Untravelled Road, The End of Longing )
I had a terrific  time at Koorliny Arts Centre; it's a lovely light and friendly place, with great facilities in a delightful setting and Monique looked after me so well.  But the best thing was having the chance to meet people there who were so obviously interested in books and reading and the arts generally.  It was so nice to be among such and interesting and friendly group of people and I enjoyed the questions, the laughs and the sense of being among friends.  And they have the very best cakes!  I felt like stuffing some in my bag to eat on the way home, but the friend who was with me suggested that might be a bit unladylike!  Thanks to Monique and Koorliny Arts Centre for making me so welcome. – LIZ BYRSKI (The Company of Strangers, Last Chance Cafe, Gang of Four) 

Stories on Stage was a unique author event experience. I haven't had one in such a gorgeous environment before and the audience were friendly and full of fabulous questions. To top it all off, the gourmet delights for after the event were mouth-watering. I'd recommend any author do an event with Stories on Stage– RACHAEL JOHNS (Man Drought; Outback Dreams)

It was such a delight to speak at your wonderful facility, which was well organised and the food was delicious. I’d love to come back.  FIONA PALMER (The Sunbunt Country; Heart of Gold)

Thanks again for asking me to be part of the Stories on Stage series. I found the evening to be very well organised, and felt very welcome. The audience were interested and engaged and while I was 'on stage', the event was very warm and personal.  DAWN BARKER (Fractured)

I found the experience to be a delightful way to engage with the public, in an informal and entertaining environment. And the home-made cake was very welcome - yum!  DEBORAH BURROWS (Taking a Chance, A Stranger in my Street)
I thoroughly enjoyed coming along to Koorliny. It's a great venue and the evening was really well hosted – I hope to be back again someday! – SARA FOSTER (Shallow Breath; Beneath the Shadows)

Stories on Stage was well organised and I had the chance to meet and talk with several lovely readers. Monique was a pleasure to deal with and made the event run as smoothly as possible. – NATASHA LESTER (If I Should Lose You; What is Left Over, After)

I enjoyed participating in the Koorliny Stories on Stage event.  It had been very well publicised and organised and attracted a good, engaged audience. No author could ask for more. – ALAN CARTER (Prime Cut; Getting Warmer)