In this episode of #Conversations with Friends, we listen in on multi award winning and best selling authors Sarah Schmidt and Favel Parrett.
Sarah Schmidt’s (above) debut novel, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE (2017, Hachette) has been reviewed widely in Australia and Internationally to critical acclaim and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year (2018) and was the inaugural winner of the MUD Literary Prize. It was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writers, and the International Dublin Literary Award. It was shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, The Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel, the Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Crime Novel, and the Davitt Awards for Debut Novel.
SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE was published in the UK and the US and was translated into German, Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, and Turkish.
Her short stories, articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in publications including The Guradian, Sydney Morning Herald, Guernica, Overland, ArtsHub, The Telegraph (UK), and LitHub.
Sarah is the Reading & Literacy Coordinator at Yarra Plenty Regional Library and is the artistic director and producer of their Booklovers Festival.
When she’s not writing, Sarah is an ensemble performer at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre in Melbourne.
In 2011, Favel Parrett’s (above) career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut PAST THE SHALLOWS. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. Her next novel, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel’s reputation with booksellers and readers. Favel’s short stories have been published in various journals including Island, Griffith Review and Wet Ink. Favel’s third novel, THERE WAS STILL LOVE (2019) won the Indie Book award 2020 Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year. It has also been shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020.
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The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.