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Literary Fiction


If fiction allows us to escape the human condition, literary fiction celebrates it. So much more than the serious, high-fibre, ‘significant’ works of the canon, our local authors of literary fiction are producing work that explores language and form in fresh and unexpected ways. Join us for a night of readings that challenge your expectations.

Hear from Jennifer Down, Peggy Frew, Jack Kirne and Sarah Kanake.


Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew’s first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing. Hope Farm, her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis Award, was shor... Read more

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is a writer, editor and translator. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year consecutively in 2017 and 2018 for her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, and her short story collection, Pulse Points. Pulse Points received the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fic... Read more

Jack Kirne

Jack Kirne is a writer and musician who enjoys singing to other people’s pets. His short story, What Daisy Said, won the Judith Rodriguez Prize for 2016. He is also a former editor of WORDLY and Queerelle, and has been published in Verandah and Voiceworks. He is currently undertaking an h... Read more

Sarah Kanake

Sarah Kanake grew up in the rural beach town of Tin Can Bay with her parents, brother who has Down syndrome, two Aboriginal foster brothers and her best friend. Sarah’s father is a Vietnam war veteran. At four years old, Sarah was accidentally shot in the bottom. At eight years old, Sarah was bitt... Read more


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