Joelle Taylor and Future D. Fidel each obeyed the edict that writers should write what they know. Future’s play Prize Fighter was a nationwide hit before he adapted it into a novel. Joelle’s poetry has been described as fearless, linguistic risk-taking. They have used their life stories to tell potent, passionate tales.
Participating Chair: Fiona Wright
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Trent Dalton is a Walkley Award-winning journalist for The Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. Boy Swallows Universe is his first book.
Future D. Fidel spent eight years in a refugee camp in Tanzania before being accepted as a refugee in Australia. His debut play Prize Fighter premiered in 2015 before he adapted it into a novel in 2018.
Joelle Taylor is a poet, spoken word artist, playwright and novelist. She is a former UK slam champion and founder and artistic director of the Poetry Society’s national solo youth slam SLAMbassadors UK.
Fiona Wright is a poet, writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, was widely acclaimed and won the Kibble Award and Queensland Literary Award. Her most recent poetry collection, Domestic Interior, was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.
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