Prize-winning Shorts

Prize-winning Shorts Sun 21 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre Sun 21 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sun 21 Feb at Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Joey Bui (appearing via live stream) and Elizabeth Tan talk about their award-winning short story collections, character development, the role of nostalgia and the craft of writing. Joey Bui’s Lucky Ticket has been praised as an exceptional debut and Elizabeth Tan’s Smart Ovens for Lonely People won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The pair will be in conversation with Emma Young.

Joey Bui

Joey Bui is a Vietnamese-Australian writer. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi, where she completed her first collection of short stories, Lucky Ticket, based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world. Joey has been published in journals and magazines in the US and Australia. She is currently studying at Harvard Law School.

Elizabeth Tan

Elizabeth Tan (@ElzbthT) is a Perth writer and sessional academic at Curtin University. Her first book of fiction, Rubik, was published in 2017 and went on to be published in North America (The Unnamed Press) and the United Kingdom (Wundor Editions). She was the co-editor of the 2019 anthology In This Desert, There Were Seeds, a collaboration between Margaret River Press of Western Australia and Ethos Books of Singapore. Smart Ovens For Lonely People is Elizabeth’s second book. It won the Readings Prize for New Fiction in 2020. 

Time & Location

Sun 21 Feb


Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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Joey Bui is appearing via live stream.

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