Sat, 22 June


Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead

Split - Book Launch

Join us for the Sydney launch of Split, a wonderful anthology of true stories focusing on leaving, loss, and new beginnings, featuring eighteen of our finest writers. To be launched by Tracey Spicer.

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Split - Book Launch

Time & Location

22 June 2019, 3:00 pm

Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia

About The Event

Join us for the Sydney launch of Split, an incredible anthology of true stories focusing on leaving, loss, and new beginnings, featuring some of our finest writers. Contributors speaking at the event include Sunil Badami, Peter Bishop, Lee Kofman, Gabrielle Lord, Virginia Peters and Kerri Sackville. To be launched by Tracey Spicer.

This is a free event but RSVPs are essential. Reserve your place now!

About the Book

In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia’s most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking stories of significant endings and their aftermath.

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, shares how he discarded his past – perhaps aspergers – self, while comedian Sami Shah writes about his public split from Islam, the religion of his birth. Ramona Koval delves into the bittersweet end to her career at the ABC and Fiona Wright explores how her anorexia has affected her romantic relationships. Whereas Kate Holden suggests that for some, splitting – whether from memorabilia, books or lovers – is unimaginable.

The eighteen acclaimed storytellers illuminate candid and courageous reflections on the intrinsic human experience of loss and leaving, which acknowledge the price we can often pay for a much-needed end, or new beginning.


"Raw, engrossing, bruising, sometimes sexy, always personal, Split is packed with transformations." - Richard Glover.

About Sunil Badami

Sunil Badami is a writer, academic, performer and broadcaster. He’s written for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Australian, The Monthly, The New Daily, The Australian Literary Review, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Art and Australia, Southerly, Island, Westerly and Meanjin. His work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.

About Peter Bishop

Peter Bishop was for seventeen years Creative Director of Varuna - The Writers' House. A noted advocate for writers, he is now curator of Peter Bishop Books, an imprint of Ventura Press, and in 2017 published a collaborative memoir, The Many Ways of Seeing, with Nick Gleeson.

About Lee Kofman (Editor)

Lee Kofman is the author of five books, including the works of creative nonfiction The Dangerous Bride (2014, Melbourne University Press) and Imperfect (2019, Affirm Press), and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (2016, Ventura Press), an anthology of prominent Australian memoirists. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Stories. Her blog about the writing process was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. More information at

About Gabrielle Lord

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