In this episode, Katherine and Kate explain how The First Time podcast came to be. Then in the main event, we speak to writer Claire G. Coleman about writing while travelling, being brave, the writing community and the kinds of writing awards Claire would like to see more of.
Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family’s ancestral country is the south coast of Western Australia. She has lived much of her life in Victoria in and around Melbourne. Claire’s debut novel Terra Nullius won the Black&Write! Indigenous Writing fellowship at the State Library of Queensland in 2016 and was published by Hachette in 2017 to great acclaim. Terra Nullius will be available in North America in September with Small Beer Press.
We speak to Claire about her success with numerous awards including:
- Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2018
- Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award 2017
- Shortlisted for the ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writers 2018
- Runner up for the MUD Literary Prize
- Winner of the Norma K Hemming Award 2018
- Winner of the Tin Duck Award
- Longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018
- Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017
- Nominated for the Ditmar Award 2018
Claire names The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley as excellent examples of debut novels.
And Claire tells Katherine to listen to her publicist, ask for help, and get some sleep.
Find out more about Claire G. Coleman on her website or follow her on Twitter.
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