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Wollongong Writers Festival

29 October 2018

The Australian Romance Readers Association (in conjunction with Romance Writers of Australia) are thrilled to be sponsoring a romance panel at the Wollongong Writers Festival in November.

Yes means yes: romance writing and consent

When: Sunday 25 November, 12.00 to 1.00 pm
Where: Wollongong Art Gallery
Cost: $15.00

There’s a perception about consent in romance novels that often no means yes, that the stories are all about young women carried away by strong, silent men. Join our panel of feminists and romance writers to discuss what society can learn about consent from contemporary romance writing.

Featuring: Diane Cassar, Lexxi Couper, Jess Dee and Sami Lee.

Jess Dee has been an avid romance reader since her early teens. She knew one day, when she grew up, she’d have to write her own love stories. And she did. Since then, she’s completed over 30 books, and is finally doing the work she loves most, writing romance. While Jess lived most of her life in South Africa, the last sixteen years have been spent in Australia. From the fast-paced Sydney lifestyle to the laid-back islands and beaches, there’s always another gorgeous Aussie setting for a contemporary romance.

Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once. When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family: a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever. Lexxie lives by two simple rules—measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.

Sami Lee is an internationally published author of twenty romance novels and novellas. Her novel A Man Like Mike was a number one iBooks bestseller in Australia, and her book Eternal Brand was a finalist in the Holt Medallion award for excellence in romance writing. Her books have dealt with such issues as breast cancer, bisexuality, trauma and PTSD. She identifies as a feminist, which will be very obvious if you follow her on Twitter, or have ever read her blog. She lives in Queensland with her family.

A Festival Pass is the easiest and most economical way to attend Wollongong Writers Festival events*. Visit their website to see the full program and to get your discounted pass! (*Excludes workshops and the Speak Satellite Saturday night event.)

We have two passes to give away to the 2018 Wollongong Writers Festival! Just email us at to go into the draw. Winners will be drawn on 11 November. (The giveaway is now closed. The winners were Lyn W and Paula Roe.)



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