Comfort zones and Sarah Hopkins on utopia, dystopia and real life as inspiration

This week, the hosts talk comfort zones and what’s pushed them this year.  For Katherine is was The Book Show’s literary debate literary debate (LISTEN HERE), with authors Robert Lukins , Jock Serong, Angela Savage, Melanie Cheng and Wayne Macauley Check out Angela Savage’s post on what it was like.  

Kate’s done a bunch of different workshops, including – podcasting and the post publication hustle.  If you’re keen to attend, petition your local writers centre to get her/us to come deliver it!

Also discussed:

Then Katherine speakers to Sydney-based author, Sarah Hopkins.

Sarah Hopkins’ first novel, The Crimes of Billy Fish was highly commended in the inaugural ABC Fiction Awards and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her second novel Speak to Me was published in 2010.

This Picture of You, published in 2014, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award.

A Sydney-based criminal lawyer, Hopkins spent years appearing for young people in the children’s court. Her unnerving conclusions about the real-life levers into the criminal justice system helped inform the fictional depictions in her fourth novel, The Subjects.

Advice: Enjoy it.

Favourite novel by a debut author?  Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe 

The First Time Quick Five 

Agent or no agent – Agent

Advance or no advance –  Advance

ANZ rights only or International – ANZ

Festival invites or no festival invites –  Festival invites

No. copies sold – Not sure…  But they did reprint.

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