This episode of Conversations with Friends is with a real life writers group! We get to listen in on Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates.
Nina Kenwood (above/down the bottom) is a writer who lives in Melbourne. Her debut young adult novel It Sounded Better in My Head won the 2018 Text Prize and was published in Australia by Text Publishing in 2019. It was shortlisted in the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Indie Book Awards, the Australian Book Industry Awards and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year awards, and has been published in the US, Italy and Spain.
Emily Gale (above right) has worked in the children’s book industry for over twenty years, half of those in Australia. Her Young Adult novels have been published in Australia, the UK, the USA and Germany, and her junior fiction character, Eliza Boom, has been translated into multiple languages. The Other Side of Summer, published by Penguin Random House, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Aurealis Award, and was a Junior Library Guild title in the US for HarperCollins. Her most recent novel I Am Out With Lanterns (2018), was shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize and the WA Young Readers Book Award. Her forthcoming middle-grade novel was co-written with Nova Weetman and will be published in 2021 by Text.
Bronte Coates (above right) is a writer based in Melbourne. She currently works for Readings bookshop. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.
Books these guys recommend
- As Fast As I Can, Penny Tangey
- The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, Wai Chim (Wai features on this CWF episode)
- The Motherfault, Kate Mildenhall (coming soon!)
- How to grow a family tree, Eliza Henry Jones
- Loner, Georgina Young
- Please don’t hug me, Kay Kerr (we interviewed Kay here)
- The Adversary, Ronnie Scott
- Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (go the audio!)
- Ghost Bird, Lisa Fuller
The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.