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RSWWF Event: Mandy Sayer in conversation with Margot Saville

In association with the Women's Club, the Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival presents a series of free lunchtime talks by women writers on the first Friday of each month.
In March, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer will discuss her latest work, Australian Gypsies: Their Secret History, in conversation with Margot Saville.

Mandy’s memoir, Dreamtime Alice, about the years she spent tap dancing on the streets with her jazz drummer father in New York and New Orleans, won the 2000 National Biography Award, Australian Audio Book of the Year Award, and New England Booksellers’ Award in the US. It was published to critical acclaim in the US and UK and translated into several European languages. The nomadic life she describes there well prepared her to write her amazing book about Australian gypsies, from their arrival with the First Fleet (one of them was James Squire, Australia’s first brewer) to today.

She won the Vogel Award at 26 with her first novel, Mood Indigo and was named one of Australia’s Best Young Novelists by the Sydney Morning Herald. Her fiction includes the novels Blind Luck, The Cross, The Night has a Thousand Eyes, Love in the Years of Lunacy, and the short story collection Fifteen Kinds of Desire. Her second memoir, Velocity, a prequel about her childhood, won the 2006 South Australian Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and the 2006 Age Book of the Year (Non-Fiction). Her third memoir, The Poet’s Wife, was published in 2014. Mandy writes regularly for a wide range of newspapers and journals and her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies in Australia, the US and the UK.

Margot Saville is a freelance writer and editor, who regularly appears at writers festivals.  She practised law briefly before moving to journalism and worked for The Australian, the ABC, the Nine Network and The Sydney Morning Herald, writing about business and politics. In 2007, she wrote The Battle for Bennelong, about Maxine McKew's historic contest against John Howard. 

Australian Gypsies will be available for sale in the club’s foyer from Better Read Than Dead.


Registration is free but required for set up purposes. An express lunch may be booked at the same time as registration for $22.50. Women's Club members may register via the membership portal with lunch for $20.00.


Smart casual or business wear; no jeans please



The Women's Club Rose Scott Library
Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 


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