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Debut Mondays


Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next. And let’s face it, a first-time local writer isn’t guaranteed of a guest spot on Rove, or the high-profile national tour.

Every fortnight, let Debut Mondays be your guide. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.

Featuring: Tom Cho’s funny and original Look Who’s Morphing, Andrew Croome’s The Australian/Vogel Prize winning Document Z, memorist Lisa Dempster’s Neon Pilgram, and prize-winning poet LK Holt’s Man Wolf Man.


Tom Cho

Tom Cho’s stories have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally. He has also performed at festivals around the country, including in the award-winning show Hello Kitty. He has won grants and awards for his fiction and is currently completing a PhD in Profess... Read more

Lisa Dempster

Lisa Dempster is Executive Manager of Public Participation at Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Lisa was previously Artistic Director/CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2017 she presented Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA. Prior to joining MWF, Lisa was Artistic Director/CEO o... Read more

Andrew Croome

Andrew Croome has worked as a computer programmer, creative writing tutor and copywriter, and is soon to complete a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne. He was born in Canberra but grew up in Hobart and Albury/Wodonga. In 1998, he moved to Melbourne to attend university and is yet... Read more

LK Holt

LK Holt’s first collection of poems, Man Wolf Man, won the 2009 Kenneth Slessor Prize, as part of the NSW Premier’s Awards. She is the publisher of John Leonard Press and the editor of *Blast: Poetry & Critical Writing*. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming in March. She lives in Melb... Read more


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