Greater City Shadows book launch

author events Book launch DHA 2022 Greater City Shadows Launch Laurie Steed


Join us for the highly anticipated launch of Greater City Shadows by Laurie Steed, published by UWA Publishing (February 2024), at the City of Perth Library.

This collection of short stories won the 2021 Henry Handel Richardson Flagship Fellowship for Short Story Writing and was shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award. Described by the judges of the award as a beautiful collection of stories showcasing the small but magnificent ways people can find connections, set amongst one of the most isolated cities in the world.

Laurie will be in conversation with Writing WA’s CEO, Will Yeoman and copies of Greater City Shadows will be available to be purchased and signed on the night. 

Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2024
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: City of Perth Library 573 Hay Street, Perth
Cost/Tickets: Free, book now as places are limited.




A man treads water in the Swan River, hoping to bring his friend back to shore. Three siblings gaze skyward seeking a comet among the stars. A mother and daughter grapple with their fraught relationship and an inappropriate birthday cake. Bushfires sweep a Perth suburb while a woman, still burnt from a previous relationship, lessens the divide between an individual and their community.

In Greater City Shadows, Laurie Steed shines a light on the tremendous complexity and beauty of everyday relationships. From unrequited first love and burnt flames of the past to early parenthood stresses and tense friendships. These short stories are vulnerable and tender – a captivating collection reminding us that to be connected is to be human.



Laurie Steed is a writer living and working in the Whadjuk region on the traditional lands of the Noongar people. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in anthologies including Best Australian Stories and Award-Winning Australian Writing. His debut novel was You Belong Here (Margaret River Press 2018) and his recently released memoir is Love, Dad: Confessions of an Anxious Father (Fremantle Press 2023).



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