In the online world, science fiction and fantasy, thrillers and romance rule supreme. Much-maligned genre fiction is seemingly better placed to survive in the new world order than prestigious literary offerings. Why is it that writing as ‘art’ is struggling to make the transition. What does this mean for writers working in the field? Will the digital see the death of the literary? Will all writers eventually turn to genre for survival?
Jacinda Woodhead is Overland’s deputy editor. She is also a PhD candidate working on a narrative non-fiction project about the politics of abortion. Her essay ‘Sexiness and Sexism: Neoliberalism and Feminism’ was recently published in Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left. ... Read more
Lili Wilkinson is the author of sixteen books, including Green Valentine, The Boundless Sublime and After the Lights Go Out. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of ... Read more
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
Myke Bartlett is a freelance journalist, emerging novelist and veteran podcaster. Each week, Myke earns a crust reviewing cultural things for Melbourne glossy The Weekly Review. Over the last few years his podcasted fiction has been downloaded more than half a million times. In 2011, he won the Text... Read more
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