with Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery / Chaired by Danielle Clode
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Can works of fiction inform us more effectively than non-fiction? Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery’s audacious works illuminate history and offer critiques of today. Chris’s fantastical novel Mammoth is narrated by the fossilised remains of a 13,000 year old wise-cracking mammoth. Each of the twenty short stories in Laura Elvery’s collection Ordinary Matter is inspired by a Nobel Prize-winning female scientist. With their lateral approach to history, these unlikely starting points have resulted in richly rewarding and wildly imaginative outcomes.
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Laura Elvery is a writer from Brisbane. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Her work has been published in Overland, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue fiction edition. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Fair Australia Prize for Fiction. In 2018 Laura’s first collection of short stories, Trick of the Light, was a finalist in the Queensland Literary Awards. Her second collection, Ordinary Matter, was published in 2020.
Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, Monster Children and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for The Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia. His latest novel is Mammoth (UQP May 2020). Chris lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary.
Danielle Clode is a zoologist award-winning author of narrative non-fiction, history and children’s books. Her books include Voyages to the South Seas, A Future in Flames, The Wasp and the Orchid, and From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons. Her latest book is In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World.