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Literary Mixers: Michelle Johnston and Dawn Barker

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
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Hear debut authors paired with established authors talk candidly about their journeys to publication: their highs and lows, friends lost, and amount of wine and chocolate consumed during the writing process. Authors will confess to their innermost fears and share their vulnerabilities.


How do doctors find the time to write, why do they write, what do they write about, and how do writing and medicine feed each other? One of our authors is an emergency physician, the other is an RANZCP Madison Medallion psychiatrist. Michelle Johnston’s debut novel, Dustfall, has been described as a page-turner. Dawn Barker is the author of three novels and her first novel, Fractured, was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles. Join us for a fascinating conversation between two incredible women as they share their writerly journeys, innermost fears and survival techniques. 


Michelle Johnston is a consultant emergency physician who works at an inner-city hospital. Mostly her days consist of trauma and mess. She studied medicine at UWA, and gained her Fellowship with the Australian College for Emergency Medicine in 1998. She believes there is a beating heart of humanity, art and beauty within the sometimes brutal reality of the Emergency Department, and she has dedicated her career to finding that sweet spot between creativity and critical care medicine. Books are her other oxygen, and writing her sustenance. Dustfall is her first novel, released in February 2018 through UWA Publishing. 

Dawn Barker is a psychiatrist and author. Originally from Scotland, Dawn studied medicine in the UK. In 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing. Dawn’s first novel, Fractured, was selected for the 2010 Hachette manuscript development competition. It went on to become one of Australia’s top-selling debut fiction titles and was shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. In 2014, her second novel, Let Her Go, was published in Australia. Her books have also been released in the UK and Europe. Her third novel, More Than Us, was published in the UK in May 2018. 


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