Canberra Writers’ Festival

Book Launch at King’s Hall, Museum of Australian Democracy, by guest speaker duel Olympian Fiona Hannan of when we vanish by Yael Maree. When we vanish is published by Elephant Tree Publishing 2018

Yale Maree’s debut novel was one of a small number of book launches at this year’s festival. These events are important for all writers, but especially those at the emerging end of their practice.

Guest presenter Fiona Hannan, now on the professional speaking circuit, is a dual Olympic athlete in two different sports.  Fiona had an 18 year career as a professional basketball player, culminating in winning a bronze medal with the Opals at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. She then turned her hand quite literally to Handball and in 2000 was selected and represented Australia at the Sydney Olympics in that sport.

As Yael Maree’s book delves into aspects of mental health and well being, Fiona Hannan was a particularly pertinent speak as this is an area in which she interests herself.

Find out more about Yael Maree’s novel at

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Yael Maree