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Halloween Edition


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For the night before Halloween, join us in the basement for an hour of readings that’ll rattle your notions of a comfortable, predictable world. We’re not just talking ghost stories, either – anything that leaves you feeling unsettled and unnerved is fair game.

Be they thrillers, chillers or blood-spillers … the one thing these tales won’t be is vanilla.

Hosted by Louise Swinn.


Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a journalist, editor, critic and writer, co-founder of Sleepers independent publishers, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize. Louise edited Choice Words (Allen & Unwin, 2019), a collection of pieces demystifying abortion, and currently works as a journalist with the Aust... Read more

Rose Michael

Born in England and based in Melbourne, Rose Michael is a writer, editor and academic who has been published in Griffith REVIEW, Best Australian Stories, Island, Muse and Cultural Studies Review. Her first novel The Asking Game (Transit Lounge, 2007) was a runner-up for the Allen & Unwin/Voge... Read more

Cath Ferla

Cath Ferla is the author of Ghost Girls (Bonnier, 2016). Ghost Girls won the 2017 Davitt award for best debut fiction. Cath is also an experienced commercial television screenwriter, script editor, prose editor and journalist. She is currently working on two novels. ... Read more

Les Zig

Les Zig is the author of the young adult novel Pride. Just Another Week in Suburbia is his debut work of fiction for adults, launched at Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Les has been telling stories since he was a kid, lying to get out of trouble. As a teenager, he worked out he could put his imagi... Read more

Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner is a writer and editor originally from Aotearoa. Their work has previously been published in Going Down Swinging, Starling and Meanjin, among others. They are an online editor at Going Down Swinging, and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow for 2022. ... Read more


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