Double Booked Club
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In partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, we’re presenting two writers whose exceptional debut books were published in 2018.
Jamie Marina Lau is a writer and musician. Her first novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature Readings Residency Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. It's an innovative work of fiction, about the intersecting online and offline worlds of a young woman who lives with her dad in a claustrophobic Chinatown apartment. The novel has been described by one reviewer as a 'surreal, electronic parable'.
In Sreedhevi Iyer's short story collection, Jungle Without Water, the Melbourne-based writer delves into themes of displacement, prejudice and Australian suburban mores with great wit and originality. (One magic realist story is even told from the perspective of a ‘divine’ coconut.)
Both writers have bright futures ahead. Sreedhevi Iyer’s second novel, The Tiniest House of All Time, will be released in September 2019 with Wild Dingo Press, while Brow Books have recently signed two more novels by Jamie Marina Lau, with the first, Gunk Baby, to be published in 2020.
Ahead of the event you can prepare by reading a short story, 'The Lovely Village', from Jungle Without Water by Sreedhevi Iyer (courtesy Gazebo Books) and an extract from Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (courtesy Brow Books).
Join the pair for a chat about literary experiments, daring debuts and the path to publication. Hosted by Sumudu Samarawickrama.
Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
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Jamie Marina Lau is a writer and artist. Her debut novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island, was published by Brow Books in April 2018. She is working on more writing, her next novel and on music.
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Overland, Meanjin and the Lifted Brow. She co-produced Sidekicked 2017 Melbourne Fringe Category Award Winner 'Best Words and Ideas'. She was a Witness Performance New Critic in 2018. She wants to use art to powerfully challenge the status quo of the structures that underpin our society. As part of FCAC’s West Writer's Group, she is interested in how anger can be a tool towards community. She is on a journey to decolonise her soul.
Sreedhevi Iyer is the author of The Tiniest House Of Time, forthcoming through Wild Dingo Press. Her last book, Jungle Without Water, was shortlisted for the Penang Monthly Book Prize. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared across the world, including Hotel Amerika, Drunken Boat, the Asian American Literary Review and the Writer's Chronicle in the US, Free Word Centre in the UK, Two Thirds North in Sweden, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and the Asia Literary Review in Hong Kong. She currently lives in Melbourne.
Need more fiction in your Fridays? Double Booked Club is for you.
For each of these monthly lunchtime sessions, we’ll bring together two great local fiction authors to discuss their work. They'll start with a chat about their latest books, before meandering off into conversation about backlists, shared themes and literary heroes.
Ahead of each event, ticket bookers will receive some reading material relating to the books in question – and each discussion will be live-streamed for those playing at home (or work!).
Get some extra smarts with your sandwich at our new lunchtime series.