We’re delighted to announce a great double act for the 2016 Ex Libris Festival of Words – Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist! They’re both highly acclaimed writers: Graeme is best-known for his novels The Rosie Project and its sequel The Rosie Effect, and Anne’s dark psychological thriller Medea’s Curse has just been longlisted for a Davitt Award for female writers of crime fiction. And they’re a couple, which means they’ll be able to share insights into the writing process, from first scribbled notes through the ups and downs of getting your work published and reviewed.

The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay. It won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel.  It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries. His new book, The Best of Adam Sharp, is coming out soon.

Medea’s Curse was published by Text early last year, and rated as one of Buzzfeed’s top 19 Australian books of 2015. A second novel featuring protagonist Natalie King, Dangerous to Know, was released in March 2016, and both are now set for UK publication. Professor Anne Buist is Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and an impassioned spokesperson for perinatal mental health.

And if that’s not enough, Graeme and Anne are rumoured to be working on a joint project, a love story set on the famed Camino de Santiago. They have plenty of material to draw on – they walked the full 2000 km together, and plan to do it again! 

Watch for more exciting news about the program for the 2016 Ex Libris Festival of Words, to be held during the weekend of 9 to 11 September in (occasionally) sunny but always beautiful Port Fairy.