• Joanna Nell, Cassie Hamer and Penelope Janu




Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cassie Hamer, Penelope Janu & Joanna Nell - Branching Out Panel Discussion: A doctor, a lawyer and a journalist explain how they have swapped their day jobs to forge careers out of creativity.

Penelope Janu has six children and two large dogs, and lives on the coast in Sydney. She had a long career as a solicitor and legal academic before her debut novel In at the Deep End was published in 2017, followed by On the Right Track in 2018. Penelope writes full-time, except for voluntary legal work, and completed On the Same Page while studying an MA in Creative Writing at UTS.

Joanna Nell was born in the UK and studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford universities. Her short fiction has won multiple awards and been published in various journals and literary anthologies. As a GP with a passion for women's health and care of the elderly, Joanna writes character-driven stories for women in their prime, creating young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society's expectations of ageing. Her first novel The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village was a national bestseller.

Cassie Hamer has a professional background in journalism and PR, but now much prefers the world of fiction over fact. In 2015, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing, and has since achieved success in numerous short story competitions. Cassie lives in Sydney with her husband and three daughters, who still believe piñatas are a fun and effective method of lolly-distribution. After the Party is her first novel.

Arrive at 6pm for wine and cheese before the talk from 6.30 - 7.00pm, enjoy the exhibitions and opportunity to talk and connect until 8.00pm.

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Creatives Connect Aug – Nov 2019

Manly Art Gallery & Museum throws open its doors from 6 - 8pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a series of fascinating talks by engaging speakers from across the arts. Presented by MAG&M Society, Creatives Connect is an opportunity to connect with artists, build your creative networks and be part of life at the gallery.

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$10 for members - $15 for non-members

Contact Information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
9976 1421


Manly Art Gallery & Museum
1 West Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095
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