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Strathpine Library, Saturday, 14 October 10.30am

 Flame Tip

They all make an appearance in Flame Tip, a collection of fire-themed short fictions. Local author Karenlee Thompson shares how she secured a Foreword by the high-profile and controversial owner of Tasmania’s Museum of New and Old Art, through some humorous correspondences. Karenlee also chats about her bushfire experiences, interesting research titbits and anecdotes for the writer’s world.

Flame Tip: An unhinged mourner hacks off his hair and marauds through the Museum of Old and New Art. A seventy-year-old woman seeks a companion while another revisits her great love story. A man spends his days tramping through national parks and his nights composing emails of complaint. A spurned wife has the last laugh and a young girl marries her weather man.

Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that are as diverse in subject matter as they are in length, all tenuously (and sometimes obscurely) connected by the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bushfires of 1967. The stories are about love, danger, infidelity, danger, loss, laughter and redemption, with a dose of Aussie humour interlacing the occasional grim tale.

 Karenlee Thompson

Karenlee Thompson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, who is passionate about reading and writing the Australian voice. She has been published by The Weekend Australian, Antipodes, Woman’s Day, The Big Issue and Writing Queensland among others. She has written short stories for children (NSW Education Department’s Countdown and Orbit) and her novel 8 States of Catastrophe (Brolga) was published in 2011. She was a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize in 2015 and, again, in 2016. Her bushfire themed short story collection Flame Tip was published in March 2017 by Hybrid Publishers. Born in Tasmania (where a part of her soul still resides), she currently lives on the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane. She loves pink-eye potatoes and dances like Elaine from Seinfeld.

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