Authors: Charlotte Wood
CATE KENNEDY is the author of the short-story collection
(Scribe); the memoir
Don’t Cry: A Mexican Journal
(Transit Lounge); and two collections of poetry,
Signs of Other Fires
(Five Islands Press) and
(Interactive Press). Her novel
will be published by Scribe in late 2009. Her short stories have been published widely, appearing everywhere from
The New Yorker
The Big Issue
. She lives in Victoria’s northeast with her partner and daughter, fitting in as much writing and reading as possible.
NAM LE’S debut collection of short stories,
, was published in 2008 and has since been translated into twelve languages. Its honours include the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for Book of the Year, the UTS Glenda Adams Award, the Pushcart Prize, and selections in
The Sydney Morning Herald
Best Young Novelists and US National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ awards. It was also selected as a
New York Times
’s best book debut of 2008, and a book of the year by
The Sydney Morning Herald
and other sources around the world. Le is currently the fiction editor of the
ROGER McDONALD is the author of seven novels,
Mr Darwin’s Shooter
of Desmond Kale
, and of two books of non-fiction,
The Tree in Changing Light
. His work has been awarded
Book of the Year Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the South Australian Premier’s Literary Award, the Adelaide Festival Book of the Year, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the O. Henry Prize (USA).
PADY O’REILLY is the author of a collection of award-winning stories,
The End of the World
; a novel,
; and a novella, ‘Deep Water’, in the novella anthology
Love and Desire
, edited by Cate Kennedy.
VIRGINIA PETERS is currently working on her first book, a creative non-fiction project focused on the area of crime. She is enrolled in the research program at Newcastle University. To date, her short stories have appeared in the
and UTS anthologies. Virginia lives in the Northern Rivers region with her partner and three children in a place called Coorabell, not far from Byron Bay.
MICHAEL SALA was born in the Netherlands, and emigrated to Australia twice with his family; the first time as a five-year-old, and again when he was ten. He has experimented with various careers, including law, medicine and teaching. He still really likes teaching. In 2007, he was shortlisted for
/Vogel Literary Award, and also awarded a mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. He is currently working on his first novel while completing a PhD at the University of Newcastle.
CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS is the author of four novels:
, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Overall Best Book, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Booksellers’ Choice Award and the ABIA Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award;
, which was made into the feature film
, which won the 2006
Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. Christos also collaborated with Sasha Soldatow on
and is the author of a monograph on Fred Schepisi’s
The Devil’s Playground
. He is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter. He lives in Melbourne.
CHARLOTE WOOD is the editor of this collection and author of
The Submerged Cathedral
Pieces of a Girl
. Her novels have been shortlisted for various prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is a proud member of PEN, the human rights group working to protect freedom of expression around the world. Charlotte has four siblings and lives in Sydney with her husband Sean.
The editor wishes to thank all the contributors to this collection, not only for their stunning writing, but their receptiveness and enthusiasm for the project. Sincere thanks also to Jane Palfreyman for suggesting the book, to Jenny Darling and Donica Bettanin, to editors Ali Lavau, Siobhán Cantrill and Clara Finlay, to Andy Palmer and Felicity McLean, and to Gayna Murphy.