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Article  •  27 November 2023

 

Penguin Fantasy Fest was a magical night for fantasy fans and authors

The inaugural Penguin Fantasy Fest was a wonderful evening for all. Learn about the author panel, see photos of the event and find out how to be notified of future events.

On 9 November 2023, Penguin Random House Australia (PRH AU) hosted the inaugural Penguin Fantasy Fest for readers and fantasy authors to come together for a night of magical, bookish conversation and camaraderie.

The sold-out event included an author panel featuring Australian authors Lauren Jackson, Lyndall Clipstone and Stacey McEwan. While sipping on trope-themed punch – with flavours including ‘grumpy sunshine’, ‘slow burn’ and ‘secret princess’ – readers listened to the authors talk about their books and the genre.

To conclude the panel, PRH AU gave a sneak peek at the 2024 fantasy lineup, allowing readers an exclusive insight into what the fantasy landscape in Australia will look like next year.

The magical night ended on a high note, as readers had the opportunity to meet the authors and get their books signed. What could make a better memento for such a special night?   

Photos and videos from Penguin Fantasy Fest 2023

 
 
 
 
 
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@lin_reads Come with me to Penguin Fantasy Fest where we met @Stacey McEwan, @Lauren Jackson and @Lyndall Clipstone and hear them talk about their books, about their journeys as writers and get a sneakpeek of what new books are coming our next year! I am so excited to be able to be a part of such an amazing industry and also pround that so many people form @Sydney Book Society 📚✨ were there, my amazing community of booklovers is trully the best. #booktok #bookevent #bookishevents #penguinfantasyfest #authorevent ♬ Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) - Taylor Swift

@lexies.libraryy Such a fun time! 🤩 love any opportunity to get hear author talks and get a book signed #booktok #booktokaustralia #books #bookish #booktoksydney #sydneybooktok #penguinbooks #fantasy #fantasybooks #bookishevent #fantasyreader #romantasy #romantasybooks #aussiebooktok #penguinfantasyfest #bookloversoftiktok ♬ Style (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift

@wilddinosaurr Thanks @Penguin Books Aus for throwing such a fun event on Thursday! Had a lot of fun, got some books signed. A little recap is now up on my blog x #bookblogger #bookevent #penguinfantasyfest #penguinbooks #fantasyromance #romantasy #laurenjackson #staceymcewan #lyndallclipstone ♬ Everybody Wants To Rule The World - The Moving Stills

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