An Evening of Enchantment with Isobelle Carmody, Nan McNab and Amanda Smith, Saturday November 12th 2011

Join us in a glittering evening for a glass of champagne to celebrate

The Coastal Launch of Tales from the Tower, Volume 1 – The Wilful Eye & Volume 2 – The Wicked Wood.

Authors & Editors Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab will be in conversation with Amanda Smith from ABC Radio National.

This tantalising collection features dark, magical retellings of fairytales written by 12 of the world’s most exciting and best-loved writers (including Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab) all inspired by age-old themes of abandonment, desire and entrapment.
When: Saturday 12th November from 7pm.
Where:  Great Escape Books, Aireys Inlet.
Bookings: Free event, however please book on (03) 5289 7052.

Our thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishing for their support of this event.


Isobelle Carmody: Author and Editor

Isobelle Carmody has had over 30 books and many short stories published. She is now working on the last book of her award-winning fantasy series, The Obernewtyn Chronicles, and on a second collection of her own short stories, titled Metro Winds. On October 30th,  the much anticipated book The Sending: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Book 6 will be released. She lives between Prague in Central Europe and her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, with her partner and daughter.

Nan McNab: Author & Editor

Nan McNab is a writer and editor whose books include Body Bizarre Body Beautiful and Victoria’s Market. She lives in Aireys Inlet, Victoria.

Amanda Smith: Presenter of Artworks

Amanda Smith trained as a ballet dancer, but eventually realised she was more suited to being a professional talker than a professional fairy.

Before joining the ABC in 1991, Amanda spent 10 years working as an arts administrator. During this time, she served on the board of Chamber Made Opera, and the Victorian Council of the Arts.

At the ABC, Amanda produced various arts programs for Radio National and Radio Australia before initiating The Sports Factor on RN. She presented The Sports Factor from its inception in 1995 until 2002, forging a whole new approach to sports broadcasting.

In 2003, she produced and presented the feature series Great Lovers and in 2006, presented Radio National’s Daily arts and culture program, the Deep End.

Praise for The Tales from the Tower:

‘If you like your fairy stories sunny-side up, this may not be the book for you. Six writers of modern fantasy each give a personal spin to a fairy tale, explaining separately their motivation and the reasons for their choice of story.

From Margo Lanagan’s visceral and unsettling prose to the deft and assured narrative of Isobelle Carmody’s Moth’s Tale, and the gripping story of Soldier in Martine Murray’s One Window, these stories offer varying perspectives of magic at work.

Their tones vary from ironic and gently humorous to tragic and horrific but for me the most powerful are the ones that leave you questioning your own responses.

Editors Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab offer a collection that touches on the dark and archetypal origins of fairy tales, stories designed to keep you awake at nights or at least make you thankful for a safe, warm bed.

Review by Andrea Mayes@greatescapebooks

‘The writers in The Wilful Eye imbue all of their characters, including the villains, with a deep sense of psychological realism, producing often tender, engaging, and insightful results. Unnamed soldiers and hideous beasts are given a voice, even if that voice is at times unsettling, and wolves are still wolves, however they disguise themselves.’

Australian Book Review
‘sublime, with each tale landing a punch squarely between the old and the new, bewitching and terrifying.’ Australian Bookseller & Publisher