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Take Home Reading: Mirandi Riwoe
Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work.
In this episode, Stella Charls speaks with Mirandi Riwoe about her novel, Stone Sky Gold Mountain. It's a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced; about those who encounter discrimination, yet yearn for acceptance.
‘I don’t believe in being prescient by giving [characters] thoughts and actions that would have been totally out of place, but I think there is a place for bringing the story … closer to what it actually probably was. […] Fiction is handy; you’re building up empathy for these characters that are representative of actual people, and what they actually did think.’
A PDF transcript of this interview will be available soon.
Mirandi Riwoe is the author of the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award's UQ Fiction Prize, and Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the 2020 Queensland Literary Award – Fiction Book Award – and the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize.
Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and lives in Brisbane.
Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.
An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.