Amanda O'Callaghan - BOOKED OUT
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Join Amanda O'Callaghan for the launch of her debut collection of stories, This Taste for Silence.
The balance of power in a marriage shifts, with shocking consequences. An elderly woman recounts a chilling childhood memory of the family farm. A taxi driver with a missing wife reveals unexpected skills. An inherited painting brings an eerily troubling legacy.
Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O’Callaghan’s stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a ‘taste for silence’.
‘With economy and grace, O’Callaghan exposes the fractures, the beauty and the mystery hidden behind closed doors.’ Paddy O'Reilly
‘These nuanced, riveting stories express secret lives and private injuries, hidden victories and losses. Through the slow pull of their undertow and their sudden tripwires, they limn the shadows, revealing what lurks and lurches in the unspoken.’ Felicity Plunkett
Amanda O’Callaghan is a Brisbane-based author whose short stories and flash fiction have been published and won awards in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her work has been awarded and shortlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Flash 500, Carmel Bird Award, Aeon Award, Bristol Short Story Prize and Fish Short Story Prize. A former advertising executive, Amanda holds English degrees from King’s College London, and a PhD from the University of Queensland. In 2016 she was a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. This Taste for Silence is her debut collection. www.amandaocallaghan.com