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Colonial Cringe


Robbie Arnott + Claire G. Coleman + Fiona McFarlane + Janaka Malwatta + Fiona Stager

kuril dhagun, slq

Main Festival

BWF085

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Robbie Arnott

Robbie Arnott

Robbie Arnott’s acclaimed debut, Flames (2018), won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award and a Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Not the Booker Prize. His follow-up, The Rain Heron (2020), won the Age Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Voss Literary Prize and an Adelaide Festival Award. His latest novel is Limberlost. He lives in Hobart. 

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Born in Perth she has spent most of her life in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. She has written 3 novels Terra Nullius (2019), The Old Lie (2019), and Enclave and a non-fiction book Lies Damned Lies: A personal exploration of the the impact of colonisation (2021). Her art criticism has been published in Spectrum, Artlink and Art Collector and in exhibition catalogues for NGV, AGSA and NGA and others. Her conceptual/video work Refugium won the Incinerator Art Award in 2021 and she will feature in a number of exhibitions in 2022. She writes novels, poetry, short-fiction, drama and essay and has featured in the Saturday Paper, the Guardian, Meanjin, Australian Poetry and many others. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple anthologies.

Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane is the author of the novel The Night Guest, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and the collection of short stories The High Places, which won the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second novel, The Sun Walks Down, is set in the Flinders Ranges. Fiona teaches fiction at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Janaka Malwatta

Janaka Malwatta

Janaka Malwatta was born in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, grew up in London, and moved to Brisbane in 2010. He writes about his experiences as an immigrant in two continents. He also writes narrative poetry, often exploring Sri Lankan stories. He won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize in 2021. His first collection, blackbirds don’t mate with starlings, is available from University Queensland Press. He has also been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry, Peril Magazine and on the ESPN Cricinfo.com blog The Cordon. He is one half of the poetry and tabla collective Dubla. Their CD A Beautiful Land is available from Bandcamp.

Fiona Stager

Fiona Stager

Fiona Stager co-owns Avid Reader and Where the Wild Things Are, two award winning independent bookshops located in the heart of West End. 



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