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On tour

I am just back from a very quick trip to Melbourne for the Aurealis awards – I came home without a trophy but I had a great time, met some very cool people and remain stoked that Dyschronia is on the SF novel shortlist alongside some excellent books. Congratulations to this year’s winners and to all my fellow shortlistees.

Jennifer Mills at Point Lowly This week I’m heading off on a tour to Barngarla, Wirangu, and Nauo country, also known as the Eyre Peninsula. I’ll be based in Whyalla from 8-18 May, then heading across to Streaky Bay and Elliston where I’m teaching a couple of workshops on the 19th and 20th of May. After that I’m heading to Port Lincoln for another ten days, until 1 June. This is all part of the Writers SA Writers and Readers in Residence Project, connecting regional writers and readers with each other as well as with Adelaide-based institutions.

I’m excited to revisit Whyalla, as it’s almost two years since I was last there – I went snorkelling with the giant cuttlefish and wrote an essay, ‘Swimming with Aliens’, that was shortlisted for the Horne prize and later published in Overland. Aside from hitchhiking across to Perth in my wild youth, I’ve never explored this part of the country, so I’m excited to learn about the people (and other life forms) that inhabit these places, hear some of their stories, and to find out what is happening in this beautiful part of the world.

The project allows me some time to work on my own writing, so I’ll be pursuing a few different projects while I’m over there – some fiction and some non-fiction. As always, I’m particularly interested in the challenges that climate change presents, and how regional communities are working together to face them.

I’ll also be doing a few events, including school and library visits. If you’re a writer, reader, book club member, would like to attend one of the workshops, or are just curious about the project, you can contact Writers SA for more info about the tour and/or stay connected by following me on Twitter.

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