Joyful Strains, as the title suggests, is a new anthology exploring the sometimes bittersweet experiences of new migrants to Australia. From the relief of being welcomed to a new homeland, to struggling to find their feet in the ‘lucky country’, contributors Arnold Zable, Shalini Akhil and Danny Katz reflect on this fascinating collection, and their own personal experiences of making the journey to Australia.
Danny Katz, Canadian-born, came to Australia at a young age. After failed careers as a musician, stand-up comedian and car washer, he finally turned to writing and became a newspaper columnist for the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Western Australian.
He is also the author of S.C.U.M., Spit the Dummy, Little Lunch, and The Poppa Platoon series for children.
Shalini Akhil’s first novel, The Bollywood Beauty, was published in 2005. She has been shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and made it through to a Raw Comedy National Grand Final.
Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His works include Scraps of Heaven, Violin Lessons, The Fighter, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, and his most recent work The Watermill. Zable lives in Melbourne.