This is an interview with Kim Kelly, author of several books, most recently the novel Jewel Sea.
Jewel Sea is the story of the Koombana, Australia's forgotten Titanic tale, a narrative of ambition and greed at the end of the empire, and one perfect, cursed pearl. To read the first chapter for free, click here.
This is an interview with Todd Alexander, by Cameron Colwell
I met Todd Alexander at the Newcastle Writer's Festival. I’d seen him speak at his panel, Boys To Men, having read his first novel, Tom Houghton, earlier in the year. I was drawn to it because of the promise of exploring a narrative I had not seen before in fiction: That of being a gay man in suburban Sydney. The novel follows the preteen Tom in the end of his primary school days, while the alternative chapters show the adult Tom: Alcoholic, lonely, and haunted by the bullying in his traumatising past.