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Aurealis Awards (and more)

Happy news today: The Airways has been shortlisted for the Aurealis awards! This is my second book to be shortlisted for an Aurealis and my first in the category of horror. Being between all the things – genre included – means you sometimes slip through the cracks, so it is really wonderful to see this book resonating with horror readers. A huge thank you to the judges and volunteers, and congratulations to all the finalists.

March madness is over for another year. I had a wonderful Writers Week and the podcasts for all my events are now available via the website. Scroll through the list or search by my name.

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by one of my favourite literary citizens, Sophie Cunningham, and was delighted to interview two other brilliant writers: Joelle Taylor and Yves Rees. Here are a few photos from those events:

Highly recommend both their books, All about Yves and C+nto and Othered Poems. Really looking forward to Sophie’s new one, This Devastating Fever, too.

This Saturday I’m giving an address at another festival – Living Landscapes, a new event run by Port Adelaide/Enfield council. Saturday’s talks will be held at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide. Come along for an excellent day of discussion about writing and nature and stay for what promises to be a fun evening with music from Naomi Keyte and bar by the local brewers.

And speaking of festivals, if you’re in Naarm (Melbourne) look out for Spectra: Multipicity on the 20-23 April – a very cool combination of art, science, and science fiction. I loved returning to Assembly for the Future as an artist/moderator in the first online portion of this event (you can check out our Dispatches via that link) and am looking forward to heading east and coming along to some live events.

True to the many-roles-many-genres form of my working life, I’ve published a few other pieces of writing since my last post. A longform essay in the Sydney Review of Books, ‘The Trouble with (non)Violence’, looks at a couple of recent books on non-violent direct action, amid the demands of the climate crisis; I have a piece in Overland about a Basic Income for the Arts, which I’ve been researching as part of my residency at Vitalstatistix; and also some new short fiction in Meanjin called ‘The Funeral,’ set in an imagined future which is a little bit bleak, a little bit hopeful, and very queer.

Between all this I’ve also been busy working with my union on the Freelance Charter – I’ve written a bit more about that here, but essentially it’s a way to empower freelancers, especially writers, to negotiate collectively for better pay and conditions, and I’m very excited about it. If you’re a writer you can endorse the charter at freelancers.org.au. We’re now starting to implement it, with negotiations open at several media outlets. Tell your friends, and join your union!