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Aurealis shortlist

This week the Aurealis awards shortlists were announced and I was thrilled to find Dyschronia has been shortlisted for Best Science Fiction novel! These are Australia’s only major SF/F awards, and I am so pleased that the Aurealis judges have included my work on the shortlist along with some other brilliant books.

Speaking of science fiction, I have a new short story in the next issue of Meanjin called Keeping an Eye on Sinclair. It’s one of those stories where you want to apologise for inventing the thing you invented, in case it actually comes to pass – but really it’s about a dysfunctional friendship. Looks like another brilliant issue, with some of my favourite writers in there, so if you don’t already subscribe to the journal now is an excellent time to do so. (Here’s how.)

Also coming up is Adelaide Writers Week, where I’ll be chairing a couple of sessions. One is with Carolin Emcke on her stunning book How We Desire – this will be a great conversation to start your Sunday. The other is on Tuesday with the wonderful Melissa Lucashenko, I can’t recommend her new book Too Much Lip highly enough. Hope to see some of you at Tarndanya.

That’s it for now. I’m deep in the dark, thickety bit of what I hope will be the last draft of this new novel, so this is just a quick update as I wrestle for what remains of my work-life balance. Next month I’m teaching a workshop for Writers SA about writing a novel. I will try to have it figured out by then!