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Love, Dad: A Conversation with Laurie Steed

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Laurie Steed's new memoir Love, Dad, (Fremantle Press) explores what it means to be a father in the twenty-first century and is a must-read for all new parents.

Presented in partnership with The York Festival, Laurie Steed will be in conversation with Writing WA CEO Will Yeoman.

This is a free event, but bookings are essential as places are limited.

Signed copies of Love, Dad will be available from Barclay Books (across the road from Gallery 152).


About the book:

The father of two young boys, Laurie reflects on how his own experiences have defined the kind of man he is and the kind of parent he would like to become. His stories – triumphant, funny and sad – draw on Laurie’s own childhood experiences and important relationships with family and mates, alongside the challenges of trauma and mental health shared by many men. This memoir openly shares how Laurie strives to overcome challenges – from breaking generational cycles to maintaining joy in work and parenthood – and how others fresh to parenting can learn from this authentic story of a new dad and his family.

About the author:

Laurie Steed is a writer living and working in the Wadjak region on the traditional lands of the Noongar people. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in anthologies including Best Australian Stories and Award-Winning Australian Writing. He is the recipient of writing fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency and The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and he is a member of the cohort for the 2022 Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund. He is the author of You Belong Here, published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2018 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, and Greater City Shadows, which won the 2021 Henry Handel Richardson Flagship Fellowship for Short Story Writing from Varuna – The National Writers’ House and was shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.


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