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Author Talk with Katrina Kell @ Kwinana Library

6 June @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Join us for a fabulous morning of books, muses, and macarons, with WA author Katrina Kell!
Katrina will be joining us at Kwinana Public Library for Love to Read Local Week, to discuss her new novel Chloé: Revolution, art and intrigue in bohemian Paris. Come along to enjoy this riveting talk and light morning tea.

Venue accessibility: The Kwinana Public Library is wheelchair accessible, on the ground floor of the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre. Space for mobility aids including walkers, scooters, and gophers is available at the program.

If you have any questions, including about program accessibility or accommodations, we’re happy to help – Please contact us at programs@kwinana.wa.gov.au or 9236 4300.

About Chloé: Taking the reader from Victoria’s wild shipwreck coast to the artists’ studios of revolutionary Paris and the bloody battlefields of Flanders, this sweeping novel reimagines the volatile history of the beautiful and enigmatic young woman immortalised in one of Australia’s most iconic paintings.

About Katrina Kell: Katrina Kell is an award-winning Australian writer. Her new historical novel Chloé (2024) was inspired by one of Australia’s most iconic paintings. Created in Paris by Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875, Chloé has graced the walls of Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne since 1909 and is now a much-loved cultural icon. “Having a drink with Chloé” became a good luck ritual for Australian soldiers during WWI, a tradition that has continued through the decades.
A vivid and unforgettable dream was the inspiration for Chloé. The unpublished manuscript of the novel won an Australian Society of Authors Award Mentorship, and Katrina’s PhD thesis, Capturing Chloé: Reimagining a Melbourne Icon, explores the myths and volatile history of the iconic nude painting and its model.
Katrina is an Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University. She lives and works in Boorloo (Perth) on the unceded lands of the Whadjuk Noongar People.

This event has been enabled by Writing WA’s Love to Read Local Week with support from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.


Kwinana Public Library
Corner of Robbos Way and, Chisham Ave, Kwinana Town Centre
Perth, WA 6167 Australia
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