Reneé Pettitt-Schipp in conversation at Girrawheen Library: How working on Christmas Island helped her write The Archipelago of Us.

   November 25, 2023
   Girrawheen Library
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Join Reneé Pettitt-Schipp as she discusses her non-fiction book, The Archipelago of Us, and how it was inspired by her work with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The Archipelago of Us is Renee’s memoir that deepens into Australia’s complicated history with asylum seekers. The Weekend Australian has described this book as ‘… a travel narrative, a memoir, and an impressively researched history of a place too often overlooked.’ 

Reneé Pettitt-Schipp’s work with asylum seekers inspired her first collection of poetry The Sky Runs Right Through Us and won the 2018 WA Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Writer. Reneé currently lives and writes in Western Australia’s Great Southern.

This conversation is free to the public, but bookings are essential.

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