Do you want the good news or the bad news? Let's start with the bad and end on a happy note!
Unfortunately Grace Chan has had to pull out of our festival this year. She didn't want to, and we certainly didn't want her to, but it's unavoidable at this time. The Boundless Plains of Speculative Fiction session will still go ahead, however, in the capable hands of ABC journalist Matt Neal. Matt will be in conversation with Rhett Davis about his spectacular book, Hovering. You can find a review of the book from the Newtown Review of Books HERE.
The good news is that we are being joined by Susie Anderson, who has recently released the body country. Susie is of Wergaia and Wemba Wemba descent, and has been published in such journals as Archer Magazine, Artist Profile, Artlink, un magazine, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. In 2018 she was a runner-up in the Overland Poetry Prize and awarded the Emerging Writers Fellowship at State Library Victoria; in 2019 she was awarded a Writers Victoria Neilma Sidney travel grant and undertook a residency with Overland Literary Journal. In 2020 she edited the online journal Tell Me Like You Mean It (Vol 4) for Australia Poetry and Cordite Poetry Review. In 2021, she was a black&write! fellow and her debut poetry collection 'the body country' was released in 2023. She was born in 1989 in the regional Victorian town Horsham and now lives on Boon Wurrung land.
You can listen to Susie talking to Kate Mildenhall (who's also part of the literary weekend this year) on the First Time Podcast over HERE. Susie will be joining the Literary Dinner lineup at Port Fairy's beautiful Oak & Anchor Hotel, with Tony Birch and Jock Serong, as she and Tony will present some of their poetry to the audience after mains! Can't wait!
23 days until the festival begins ....