Emily Larkin - Within the Ward

Friday 10 December 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
Register until 10 December 2021 5:00 PM

Join Dr Richard Newsome in-conversation with Emily Larkin to launch Within the Ward.

Paige Newell can't stop feeling - and hurting. The 17-year-old has never fit in, since her turbulent emotions and rebellious streak place her at odds with Raydale's clinical rationality. When her best friend dies, Paige is ready to end it all. But, before she can make a final exit, she's admitted to Raydale State Hospital. There, she is immersed in a dream reality, called 'the Journey'. If patients finish the Journey, then they can go home.

The Journey is meant to be the cure, but Paige soon discovers dark forces within the hospital, and that the dream reality is the stuff of nightmares. Paige wants to escape her pain, but is drawn into the lives of other patients. When they need her help, she must act. Paige can't get the past back, but maybe the future is within reach. Can the patients escape the ward? And can Paige find reasons to live?

The Pause meets Divergent in this compelling YA novel that explores mental health in a dystopian tomorrow.

Emily Larkin is a Brisbane author who holds a Doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Emily writes for children, teens, and adults, and has a special love of fiction with a weird or magical bent. She is the author of The Whirlpool, a picture book illustrated by Helene Magisson (published by Wombat Books). Emily has published short fiction and poetry in a range of Australian and international literary journals. Her debut novel Within the Ward is published by Rhiza Edge, and explores mental health in a dystopian tomorrow. Emily tutors Creative Writing, Editing, and Communication at The University of Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology College. She loves sharing a love of writing and literature with others, and facilitates workshops with the Queensland Writers Centre. In her spare time, Emily talks with family, friends, and characters; goes on nature walks; plays D&D; and reads. To follow Emily, visit www.facebook.com/ehlarkinauthor/.


Richard is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at UQ, and the author of Stella the Unstoppable and The Talent Show Fiasco and the Billionaire series.