Katherine Johnson is the author of three previous novels: Pescador’s Wake (Fourth Estate, 2009), The Better Son (Ventura Press, 2016) and Matryoshka (Ventura Press, 2018). Her manuscripts have won Varuna Awards and Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes. The Better Son was longlisted for both the Indie Book Awards and the Tasmania Book Prize. Katherine holds both arts and science degrees, has worked as a science journalist, and published feature articles for magazines including Good Weekend. Katherine lives in Tasmania with her husband and two children. She recently completed a PhD, which forms the basis of her latest novel, Paris Savages.
Based on a true story, Paris Savages tells the tale of three Indigenous Australians who travelled from their home on Fraser Island to Europe in 1882, to perform for huge crowds as part of a human zoo. It’s a powerful tale of bravery, hope and past injustices.
Join Katherine to celebrate the release of Paris Savages in Brisbane, and to discuss the important themes underlying this powerful novel and issues facing literature today.
More details to come.