As the sun sets, the heat recedes and work is done for the day, the bar is open and the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden is the place to be as some of Writers’ Week favourite guests, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Robbie Arnott, Durkhanai Ayubi, Geoff Goodfellow, Andrew Kwong, Mirandi Riwoe and Nardi Simpson, embrace the informality of our Twilight Talks and reveal their unfiltered selves. An all-Australian, all-star line-up have ten minutes to contemplate their lives, passions, preoccupations and the hell of a year we’ve all just endured as they reflect on the challenge of trying to stay balanced while standing on Unstable Ground.
A wonderful way to experience an overview of who and what Writers’ Week has to offer if you can't join us during the day.
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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer, mother of four children and the award-winning author of eleven novels, published and translated in over 20 countries. Randa also writes across a wide range of genres, most recently publishing Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity and, her latest book, Coming of Age in the War on Terror.
Robbie Arnott’s widely acclaimed debut Flames was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and Not the Booker Prize. His second novel is The Rain Herron.
Durkhanai Ayubi is involved with the day-to-day responsibilities of the family-run eating places in Adelaide – Parwana and Kutchi Del Parwana. She also writes freelance opinion-editorial pieces for a range of newspapers and websites, and is undertaking a Fellowship for Social Equity funded by the Atlantic Institute of New York. Parwana is Durkhanai’s first book.
Geoff Goodfellow's recent memoir Out of Copley Street: a working-class boyhood, his first book of prose, has been warmly endorsed by Tim Winton and Helen Garner. A world-renowned poet, his new poetry collection, Preparing for Business (endorsed by Hunters & Collectors frontman, Mark Seymour) is released February 2021, for Writers Week. His collection Poems for a Dead Father was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year award in 2002. His poems have appeared in Best Australian Poetry (2009) and in Best Australian Poems four times.
Andrew Kwong was born in Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta, China, and educated in China, Hong Kong and Australia. He works as a family physician on the Central Coast of New South Wales. He has published many short stories and has been the recipient of numerous writing awards and fellowships. His upbringing during the Great Leap Forward was seminal and is detailed in his memoir, One Bright Moon.
Mirandi Riwoe is the author of the novella The Fish Girl, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction. Her work has featured in many publications including Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Her new book is Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and the ARA Historical Novel Prize.
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer and educator from North West NSW freshwater plains. A founding member of Indigenous folk duo Stiff Gins, Nardi has been performing nationally and internationally for 20 years. Her debut novel, Song of the Crocodile was a 2018 winner of a black&write! writing fellowship.