In conversation with Garry Disher

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Sanctuary by Garry Disher.

Grace is a master thief, specialising in valuable stamps, watches and jewellery. She never stays long in one place, so when she’s recognised at a Brisbane stamp expo, she must go on the run again.

But she’d like a shot at a normal life, and settles in the Adelaide Hills, where she uses her knowledge to work in an antiques business owned by Erin, her landlady. But someone’s looking for Erin. And someone else is looking for Grace. And they are both very dangerous men.

Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents’ farm in South Australia.

He gained postgraduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full time writer in 1988. He has written more than 40 titles, including general and crime fiction, children’s books, textbooks, and books about the craft of writing.

Find out more come and meet Garry. A delicious afternoon tea of jam scones and cream will be served.

Content: The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

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  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

  • Sun 28 Apr

2pm–4pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

$20 per person

Plus booking fee. Includes an afternoon tea of scones, jam & cream. Tea and coffee.


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Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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