Look, it’s hard to keep up with #lockdown changes and while we send out our love to SA at the beginning of this ep they are ACTUALLY already emerging from their lockdown. Hurrah for them! Kate’s been visiting bookshops as part of #VicBookshopBingo, an initiative of Imbi Neeme and Melbourne City of Literature. You can download the bingo card here and join other readers and booklovers in visiting nine Victorian bookshops before Dec 22 to say hello and share the love on social media.
Katherine reflects on the end of our collaboration with Fuse Darebin and the five interviews she did with Darebin creatives; Kate Mcclennan, Clementine Ford, Yves Rees, Leanne Hall & Mckinley Valentine.
Also check out:
- Maria Tumarkin delivered a brilliant oration for State of the (Writing) Nation for Writers Victoria.
- Tim Ferris with Seth Godin on The Tim Ferris Show.
Then Kate speaks with debut novelist Karen Wyld.
Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the coast south of Adelaide. Born in South Australia, her Grandmothers’ Country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As a diasporic Aboriginal woman of Martu descent, she writes fiction and non-fiction that seeks to contextualise colonisation, displacement, the Stolen Generations, homecoming, resistance and rights. She’s currently a Masters candidate, exploring how magic realism is used to articulate time, belonging and Country in Aboriginal-authored text. Her latest novel is Where the Fruit Falls, published by UWAP in 2020.
This conversation covers:
- Self Publishing Karen’s debut novel When Rosa Came Home
- The Richell Prize
- The Hardcopy Program
- Winning the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
- Karen’s education and activism via Indigenous X (the thread we discuss can be found here)
- Karen’s discussion of Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip for Sydney Review of Books
- Karen’s latest fiction in Meanjin and her relationship with birds
- Diversity in publication and when we’ll know it’s actually happening
Karen Wyld’s Advice:
‘It’s probably not you, it’s them.’
‘Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old.’
Debut book recommendation:
Beauty is a Wound Eka Kurniawan
The Prophet Robert Jones Jnr
Follow Karen Wyld via her website or Twitter and add her debut novel Where The Fruit Falls to your Christmas List.