Karen Casey Author Talk

Event Information Saturday 15th February 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Pakenham Library

As part of ​ our Summer Reading for All program we present The Misadventures of the Travelling Quirkus.

Ever wanted to take to the open road? Ever attempted that with kids? The Quirkus did. It was not pretty.
Forget the house and the quarter-acre block. This is one family’s hilarious attempt to achieve the new Great Australian Dream – a road trip through the great southern land with kids. Experience the twists and turns of family life on the road with The Ideas Man, Bionic Woman, The Swagman, Chipmunk and Princess Contrary. Take or leave their travel tips and get educated on Australia’s lesser known, but quirkier, history, people and places. Most importantly, enjoy. You are about to embark on a true tale only fiction could top.

About the Author

Karen Casey lives and works as a writer in regional Victoria. Previously a journalist, she worked for newspapers and magazines around Australia and overseas, including The Daily Mirror in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Sunday Times in Perth and Leader Newspapers in Victoria.

Karen studied creative writing under award-winning author Alex Miller and completed several short courses with The Australian Writer’s Centre. Her first unpublished fiction manuscript, The Balaclava Men, was longlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Award.

Karen is the author of two children’s chapter books, The Extraordinary, Unordinary Gum Tree (released November 2018) and The Extraordinary Tom Fink (to be released November 2019). The book series is an independently published project supporting Australian farmers through the Aussie Helpers charity.
In 2019, Karen released a humorous travel memoir, The Misadventures of the Travelling Quirkus. The book is based on a short but chaotic period in her life in which her family experienced a jinxed road trip through central Australia.

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