Kindred Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm Amphitheatre Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm Amphitheatre FREE
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Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm at Amphitheatre FREE

Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas and Marlee Jane Ward talk to editor and author Michael Earp about the new queer YA anthology Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, which features contributions by them alongside an impressive range of Australian writers. 

Claire G. Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people and her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. She grew up in a Forestry settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth. She wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning book Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab-Australian poet. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (2017), was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. He placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and has also been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry, the Story Wine Prize and the Fair Australia Poetry Prize. Sakr has performed his work nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, as well as being made into a feature film. His fourth novel, the international bestseller The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold, as well as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. His fifth novel Barracuda was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the inaugural Voss Literary Prize. The Slap and Barracuda were both adapted into celebrated television series. Tsiolkas’ acclaimed collection of short stories, Merciless Gods, was published in 2014 and his critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. His latest novel, Damascus, was published in October 2019. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer and he lives in Melbourne.

Marlee Jane Ward is a writer from Melbourne. She is the author of the award-winning Orphancorp series.

Michael Earp is the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. He has a teaching degree and a Masters in Children’s Literature and has worked between bookselling and publishing for over 17 years as a children’s literature specialist, currently at The Little Bookroom in Melbourne. His writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm


Amphitheatre, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009


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