Calire Halliday in conversation with best-selling author Heather Morris


Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.


Renowned author Claire Halliday will lead a relaxed and engaging interview-style conversation with Heather Morris who will share some incredible stories about her book and her relationship with the key character at the heart of it as well as her journey since in becoming an international best-selling author.  Questions from the audience will follow and both Heather and Claire will have their books available to purchase and sign on the night.

Heather Morris is an Australian writer and social work administrator. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US.

In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly man who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives, as their friendship grew and he embarked on a journey on self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Claire Halliday has more than 19 years experience as a freelance feature writer, with more than 1000 articles published in major magazines and newspapers – including The Sunday Age, Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian House & Garden, Madison, Marie Claire, GQ and many, many more. Claire started her copywriting business – Copy Queens – in late 2011 and her clients include a diverse range of corporates and small businesses. She has previously published three non-fiction books, ghost-written three others, and in recent years has released Things My Mother Taught Me and Things My Father Taught Me , featuring interviews with interesting Australian identities.


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