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Kaaron Warren’s Grief Hole launch

Kaaron Warren’s novel, The Grief Hole, was launched at the National Library of Australia during the 2016 Canberra Writers Festival. The Grief Hole is published by IFWG Publishing Australia.

The podcast (audio only) version is above and is also available on iTunes while the video version is embedded below.

The second half of the launch — Kaaron in conversation — cannot be presented on video due to background noise. At a later date I may provide a transcript.

Thanks to Edward Haynes for going solo to the book launch, recording with his new video camera then editing the footage while I, Nalini, stayed at home “for the public good”, not sharing my virus.

The book blurb:

There are many grief holes.

There’s the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies.

There’s another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live.

And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre.

Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love.

Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you’ll die by the spirits haunting you. If you’ll drown, she’ll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women.

She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn’t let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.

The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren — a hooded cloak, filled with darkness, stands amidst shadows of ghosts


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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