Place as a Character

Place as a Character Sat 22 Feb 4pm Theatre Auditorium Sat 22 Feb 4pm Theatre Auditorium $19
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H.M. Naqvi and Pitchaya Sudbanthad write big sprawling books with cities at their core – whether it is New York City in Naqvi’s Home Boy or Karachi in his most recent novel The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack or Bangkok in Sudbanthad’s debut novel. Elizabeth Bryer's debut novel is set in a bookshop that opens up to untold worlds. They speak to Catherine McKinnon about the joys and pitfalls of writing around place. 

Elizabeth Bryer grew up in Heyfield and now lives in Birraranga/Melbourne, on never-ceded sovereign lands of the Gunaikurnai and Kulin nations respectively. Novels she has translated from Spanish include Claudia Salazar Jiménez's Blood of the Dawn (Deep Vellum, 2016) and Aleksandra Lun's The Palimpsests (David R. Godine, 2019), for which she was awarded a PEN/Heim from PEN America. She was inaugural translations editor of The Lifted Brow, and she is still hanging around at Brow Books. Her first novel From Here On, Monsters was published in August 2019.

H.M. Naqvi is the acclaimed author of Home Boy, which won the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Naqvi has worked in the financial services industry, taught creative writing at Boston University, run a spoken word venue and appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Lahore Institute of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Pitchaya Sudbanthad grew up in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the American South. He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits time between Bangkok and Brooklyn.

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 4pm


Theatre Auditorium, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009

    • Adult: $19
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