Creativity and Motherhood

Celebrating Mothers Author Panel

Wednesday May 8 at 7.00pm

In Melbourne we are surrounded by very creative people, four of whom are joining us here at Eltham Library for an upcoming event to celebrate Mother’s Day, on Wednesday evening the 8 May. Demet Divaroren, Kate Mildenhall, Karen Andrews and Penny Harrison, will be discussing the relationship between creativity and motherhood – the challenges and inspirations, and how they have created authentic mothers in literature. 

Each author is a mother and understand how motherhood and creativity can sometimes be a challenge but also shapes their writing. Each has a story to tell, giving us insight into the relationship between motherhood and literature, but before the event, let’s get to know more about them.


Demet Divaroren

Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey, and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old.  Demet’s first book Living on Hope Street is simply brilliant, diverse and has a multicultural voice. It won me over a couple pages in, and it also won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Writing for Young Adults and was shortlisted for a 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. When she is not writing, Demet appears as a panelist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities and schools across Melbourne and teaches creative writing at Victoria Polytechnic. Want to know more? You can find more out about Demet here.

Living on Hope Street

Coming of Age


Kate Mildenhall

When I discovered Kate’s debut novel, Skylarking (Black Inc., 2016), I could not put it down. I was excited by this piece of writing, and it appears that I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it because Skylarking was named Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and long-listed for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award. Apart from her writing Kate teaches and co-hosts The First Time podcast, which is about the first time you publish a book. I am happy to share that Kate is currently writing her second novel and writing for children. You can find out more about Kate or connect via Twitter Instagram or facebook.



Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews is quite the talented person and has her hand in various projects, she is an award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher. Karen also spends her time as creative director of, one of the countries most respected and established parenting blogs. Her most recent book Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity (Miscellaneous Press, 2017), inspires writers of any level to be creative and to trust their ability. Karen is taking a different turn for her next novel as she is currently working on a middle-grade historical piece. You can find out more about Karen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Trust the Process

Crying in the Car


Penny Harrison

Penny is an engaging person who I met when I purchased her delightful first book Dance with Me (EK Books, 2016). She has since written The Art Garden and her most recent Emily Green’s Garden, with two more due to be released in 2020. Penny is a gifted children’s author and journalist and has spent the last 20 years writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines, regularly contributing to Yarra Valley Country Life, House of Wellness, and Herald Sun Home Living. Penny also shares her talents by reviewing books for Kids’ Book Review. Find Penny here.

Dance With Me

The Art Garden

Emily Green's Garden

Come meet each of these authors as we celebrate all mothers!

Wednesday May 8 at 7pm, Eltham Library.

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