Stories on Stage
DOCTOR-turned- writer Louise Allan is all set for a conversation on the couch at Koorliny Arts Centre’s Stories on Stage programme on September 11.
Allan will chat with fellow author and good friend Monique Mulligan about all things writing – from writer friendships and accountability groups to changing careers midlife and learning about the publishing process.
Since the release of her acclaimed debut novel The Sisters’ Song in 2018, Allan has learnt that valuable lessons about her writing experience.
“Before being published, I perhaps thought being published was the goal,” she said.
“And it is a goal, a line over which you want to cross. And I crossed it, which is lovely. But then what? Well, if being published is a goal, isn’t being a bestseller a goal, too?
“It’s not the goal. It’s affirmation that you’ve written something good enough to be published. Yay!”
“The thing that it always comes back to is the writing and how much I enjoy it. I love creating something from nothing. I love writing a story that I hope people will enjoy.”
While she misses being a doctor ‘every day’, Allan says being a doctor has helped her write.
“Firstly, you have to be compassionate to be a doctor, and to do that, you have to understand people. People behave really badly sometimes but, as a doctor, you can’t judge, because there’s always a reason and you need to try to look for that.
“You can’t have compassion without understanding, and you can’t have understanding without getting to know someone. So, you have to hear their stories and you soon see the reasons for their behaviour.
“It’s exactly what you do when writing characters in fiction. The Sisters’ Song is about two very different sisters, Ida and Nora, with equal but opposite dreams—Ida to be a mother while Nora wants a career on the world opera stage.
“Both sisters’ dreams are thwarted—Ida’s through stillbirth and Nora’s by an unwanted pregnancy—and the rest of the story is about how they cope with the cards life has dealt them.”
Stories on Stage starts at 7pm and costs $15, which includes supper, and book sales and signings.
Bookings are essential on 9467 7118.
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