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There’s an interview about Dyschronia in this month’s Adelaide Review.

I had a great time chatting with Walter Marsh for this article. It was a pleasure to be able to speak about the book in depth, and in a specifically South Australian context, before I left the country. Now it is reminding me of the many compelling reasons to strike this Friday:

“We need to create a just transition from a damaging economy to a sustainable economy, and we need to do that while we look after workers and give people retraining and reskilling, and create a whole economy around care – care for the environment and care for each other. And I don’t see Australia moving in that direction yet.”

This time I’ll be joining the actions in a new place.

Though claiming in the above article to be based in the Clare Valley, I have since moved to Torino, Italy with my partner, who is working here for a couple of years. We’ve been here a month and are still getting settled (househunting in a language you barely speak is a hell of a challenge!) but enjoying the city so far. It is a curious place, rich with second-hand bookshops, cinemas, piazzas, wonderful food, and excitable students returning from their summer break. There is an uncanny quality to the city that makes me feel at home, and aperitivo culture is certainly agreeable. I have no idea what living here will do to my writing – but I’m interested to find out.

Mole Antonelliana reflected in modern buildingJennifer Mills smiling with a drinkPanino with Calvino: reading Palomar in the park

A belated but no less heartfelt congratulations to this year’s Miles Franklin award winner, Melissa Lucashenko – I was so thrilled to be able to be there to hear her speech, which had me (quietly) stamping my feet in the back row! I interviewed Melissa at Adelaide Writers Week earlier in the year; here is the podcast in case you missed it. It was wonderful to discuss class, trauma, laughter, reparations, Aboriginal storytelling, socialism, and karate with such a generous, smart and fierce human being, and it makes me so happy that her work is getting the attention it deserves.

Dyschronia on the Miles Franklin shortlist

What a huge honour to see Dyschronia on this list and what a fantastic, eclectic shortlist. The winner will be announced on the 30th July – I would be happy to see any of these books win! You can read all the judges comments here.

Miles Franklin judges comments

Miles Franklin longlist

I’m excited to announce that Dyschronia has been longlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award!

It’s bittersweet to be recognised for writing about the climate emergency at this moment. I wrote something for Overland last week which is not directly about the book, but discusses the emotional burden that comes with working in this area. I’m beginning to call it climate fury, rather than climate grief. I am encouraged by how many writers, artists, and makers are collaborating to make the cultural change we need now, even if it’s clear that we have a lot more work to do.

I’m currently on a tour of Barngarla, Wirangu and Nauo country (the Eyre Peninsula) as part of Writers SA’s Writers and Readers in Residence project. I was based in Whyalla for ten days where I spoke with local writers and high schoolers, then visited Streaky Bay and Elliston for a couple of workshops. Here are some photos from the trip so far:

You can follow my adventures on Twitter or via Writers SA.

Last night I arrived in Port Lincoln, so I’m just settling in and getting to know this vibrant town. I’ll be based in the Port Lincoln Public Library until the 31st of May. There are several events organised for the next 10 days, so if you’re in the area, come along for one of the free workshops, make a time for a one-on-one consultation, or just drop in and say hello.

Port Lincoln Public Library information

The Writers and Readers in Residence Project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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.