Nagaland/Trick of the Light

Magical New Fiction

Ben Doherty + Laura Elvery

QAG Lecture Theatre

Contemporary Storytelling / Culture/Social Equity / Romance



#About the event


Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty is a correspondent, photographer, and video journalist, currently working as immigration correspondent for The Guardian, based in the Sydney newsroom.  He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald. He has reported from more than 20 countries across Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  He has won three Walkley Awards, Australia's highest journalism honour, most recently in 2016 for a feature on the systemic - and ultimately fatal - flaws in Australia’s immigration detention regime, and in 2013 for an investigation into Bangladeshi sweatshop labour conditions.

He was 2008 Australian Young Print Journalist of the Year, and has been awarded three United Nations Association media peace prizes.  He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and is a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Ben is a former footballer with the Brisbane Lions and Melbourne Demons football clubs, and was a student at Brisbane State High School and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  His first novel, Nagaland, is published by Wild Dingo Press.

Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery

Laura is the author of the short story collections Trick of the Light (UQP, 2018) and Ordinary Matter (UQP, 2020). She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Fair Australia Prize for Fiction. Laura's work has also been published in Meanjin, Overland, The Saturday Paper, Island, The Big Issue and Griffith Review. Laura lives in Brisbane. 


Nick Earls

Nick Earls

Nick Earls is the author of twenty-six books for adults, teenagers and children. His novels have won awards in Australia the UK and US, and appeared on bestseller lists in those countries. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin, into feature films. 

His most recent work is the multi-award-winning novella series Wisdom Tree, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’.  

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