Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology edited by two Australian powerhouse YA authors: Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina.
It’s a book of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors of various ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexualities and abilities. Meet Me at the Intersection features the work of some excellent established writers, as well as up-and-coming names from all across Australia.
The anthology has emerged from Lim and Kwaymullina’s ongoing Voices from the Intersection initiative, which promotes YA and children’s authors of diverse backgrounds. The initiative aims to offer young readers a much broader, richer range of Australian perspectives beyond what passes for mainstream. These are stories by and about Aboriginal Australians, queer Australians, people living with disabilities and more.
At the Wheeler Centre in September, Lim and Kwaymullina along with contributors Jessica Walton and Ellen van Neerven, will discuss the meaning, and the value, of the Own Voices movement in YA writing today.
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, with a background in commercial law. Rebecca is the author of sixteen books for children and young adult readers, including The Astrologer’s Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015) and Afterlight. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award for best YA, Rebecca’s work has also been longlisted for the Gold Inky Award, the David Gemmell Legend Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish.
Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer, illustrator and law academic who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is author/illustrator of numerous picture books and four science fiction novels for young adults. Her latest novel, Catching Teller Crow, was co-written with her brother Ezekiel and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults. Ambelin is the co-founder (with Rebecca Lim) of Voices from the Intersection, a volunteer initiative that seeks to create opportunities for marginalised Own Voices writers and illustrators.
Jessica Walton is a picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent and proud queer disabled woman. She wrote Introducing Teddy: a story about being yourself to help explain gender identity in a simple, positive way to her kids. Introducing Teddy began as a Kickstarter project, but has now been published in the US, UK and Australia by Bloomsbury. It has also been translated into nine other languages. Jess lives in Pakenham with her wife, kids and cat.
Ellen van Neerven is Mununjali from the Yugambeh language group of South East Queensland on her mother’s side. Her first book Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.
Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for '...a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Kim's picture book Family Forest was shortlisted for the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards. The Vegetable Ark was a 2011 CBCA Notable Book in two categories. Kim's first novel, Pip: the story of Olive, won the 2008 Barbara Ramsden Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and the Speech Pathology Australian awards. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.