Author Talk ‘Ela! Ela!’ with Ella Mittas

Headshot of Ella Mittas, chef and author.

Ela! Ela! is a collection of recipes and stories. Inspired by Ella’s time working in a village in the mountains of Crete and the hot, loud streets of Istanbul, as well as her Greek heritage, they represent a journey of food, culture, and belonging. Ella will discuss her inspiration for her debut cookbook, the kitchens she worked in, and the regional foods she learnt about. There’ll be a Q and A with lots of question time for audience members, too.

About Ella

Ella Mittas has built her career in food working under Brigitte Hafner, Annie Smithers and Ismail Tosun in Australia, honing her skills in London at NOPI, in Tel Aviv at Romano and in Istanbul at Lokanta Maya. Her recipes have been featured in The Design Files and Broadsheet, and her food writing published in The Saturday Paper and The Guardian. Ella teaches cooking classes, curates and caters food events, and hosts dinners in collaboration with venues across her hometown of Melbourne. Her self-titled debut cookbook is derived from her name but also comes from a Greek word έλα, meaning come.



Author Talk with Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman will speak about the four qualities you need for a writing career in Australia, the process of publication and how to get your name up on a billboard in Times Square.

A Melbourne based writer of fantasy and historical fiction, Alison is the author of eight novels including her latest release The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies which was a Washington Post and an Amazon Best Mystery Book of 2023.

About Alison

Alison Goodman is a Melbourne based writer of fantasy and historical fiction. She is the author of eight novels including her latest release The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies which was a Washington Post and an Amazon Best Mystery Book of 2023. Her novels also include the award-winning Lady Helen trilogy, and EON and EONA, a New York Times bestselling fantasy duology. Alison has recently completed her PhD focusing on creative writing, historical research and the Regency era and is currently working on the third novel in the Ill-Mannered Ladies series. She is fuelled by strong coffee and air-fried chips, and will travel a long way for a good high tea.


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Alison is an ambassador for the Warm Winter Read program, a state-wide reading campaign to create healthy reading habits.

Author Talk: Heather Morris ‘Sisters Under the Rising Sun’

Sisters Under the Rising Sun is the new novel from internationally best-selling author Heather Morris.

About the Event

In the midst of WWII, an English musician, Norah Chambers, places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe as the island falls to the Japanese Army.

Australian nurse Nesta James has enlisted to tend to Allied troops. But as Japanese troops overrun the island she joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the Vyner Brooke merchant ship. Only two days later, they are bombarded from the air off the coast of Indonesia, and in a matter of hours, the Vyner Brooke has sunk.

After surviving 24 hours in the sea, Nesta and Norah reach the beaches of a remote island, only to be captured and held in one of the notorious Japanese POW camps.

This powerful work is based on a true story and is about bravery, sisterhood, and friendship that endures the most difficult circumstances.

Interviewer Claire Halliday, will be chatting with the popular author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka’s Journey and Three Sisters. Grab a tea or coffee and some biscuits and enjoy the conversation.

Book Sales and Signings

You can purchase a copy of the book from local independent book shop Reader’s Emporium on the night and get it signed.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Lale’s story formed the basis for The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the follow-up novel, Cilka’s Journey. In 2021 she published the phenomenal conclusion to the Tattooist trilogy, Three Sisters, after being asked to tell the story of three Holocaust survivors who knew Lale from their time in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Together, her novels have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. In 2020 she published Stories of Hope, her account of her journey to writing the story of Lale Sokolov’s life.

Claire Halliday is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared regularly in Australian newspapers and magazines for over a decade. She is the author of five non-fiction books including Things My Mother Taught Me and Things My Father Taught Me which feature interviews with Australian identities exploring the impact of nature and nurture. Claire is a copy writer, ghost writer and podcaster, and is currently at work on two books.


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