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Fem Book Club #6

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

Janet Frame's Faces in the Water explores the world of the mind, a place that is often isolated and inarticulate. It details the misery of its protagonist Istina Mavet and her internment in a 1960s mental institution, where electric shock and solitary confinement are administered by an unfeeling staff. It's a vivid account of the terror of “madness" and the literal mental paralysis that ensues when confined in such institutions. Although a “fiction” this book lends very much from the real experiences of Frame herself, who at one point in her life, after being involuntarily admitted to a mental health institution, was threatened with a lobotomy. Just before the procedure Frame won a prestigious literary award, and was deemed “worthy” of retaining her mind… ! We at the Centre for Stories are also reading Frame’s incredible autobiographical trilogy To the Is-land. It’s an excellent example of the memoir form and well worth a read after Faces in the Water!!!

Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text we will focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities. It is an opportunity to think about and challenge what it means to be a woman and perhaps undermine any assumed universal experience by looking at how people of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a ‘woman'. Your host for Fem Book Club is the Centre for Stories' Kelly Fliedner. Please, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at if you have any questions. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! RSVP by using the form below.

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Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

Next Fem Book Club:
We are working on the next season for Fem Book Club right now. It will start in October and go until Jan 2018. Join the Centre for Stories mailing list or follow us on social media to find out when and what our next books will be :) 



By Train : from Perth Station it is a 12-15 minute walk to the Centre for Stories.

By Bus : from Perth Busport it is also a 12-15 minute walk to Centre for Stories.

Driving: there are lots of carparks within walking distance

(i) Wilson Parking just behind us, entry off Errichetti Place which is off Zempilas Lane which runs between Newcastle Street or Aberdeen Streets. Cost: $11.00 for 1-2 hour and $2.00 per hour thereafter.

(ii) City of Perth Carpark, runs across two streets and can be entered via 104 Francis Street or 121 Aberdeen Street is a five minute walk to the Centre. Cost : $4 per hour.

(iii) City of Perth State Library Carpark on 15 Francis Street, Perth. Cost : $4 per hour.

Please see parking map below.

 (Click top left hand icon to initiate, then click 'Centre for Stories')

Earlier Event: 29 August
Write Night