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Debut Mondays


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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.

Let Debut Mondays be your guide to the best of new local writing. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.


Ainslee Meredith

Ainslee Meredith is a writer and student from Melbourne. Ainslee’s poetry has appeared in Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, harvest, Southerly, Page Seventeen and Farrago. From 2008 to 2010, she was a poetry editor at Voiceworks. ... Read more

Maya Ward

Maya Ward is the author of The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, published by Transit Lounge, has been shortlisted for the National Year of Reading ‘Our Story’ project. Maya has worked as a musician, festival director, urban designer and environmental educator. She didn’t mean to become a ... Read more

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of four novels, five short fiction collections, and two poetry books. His most recent book is the novel, Women and Children (UQP). ... Read more

Jessica Au

Jessica Au has worked as a writer, editor and bookseller. Her novel Cold Enough for Snow (2022) won the inaugural Novel Prize and was published by Giramondo, New Directions and Fitzcarraldo Editions, with translations in nineteen languages. It won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Prime M... Read more


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