Yarra Libraries and the Ewing Trust present:
Climate Change and Fiction
with Khalid Warsame, Sean O’Beirne and Alice Robinson.
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Climate change and its ramifications are a part of everyday life in Australia. The prospect of environmental disaster also weighs heavily on the minds of contemporary Australian writers. Recent years has seen a number of titles that creatively speculate on an uncertain future. In this discussion, several acclaimed Melbourne writers will share how our current climate emergency informs their work.
Sean O’Beirne is a bookseller and critic. He grew up in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and studied arts, law and acting. His first book, A Couple of Things Before the End was released in 2019 to widespread acclaim.
Khalid Warsame is a writer and arts-worker. His essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including The Lifted Brow, The Saturday Paper, Overland Literary Journal, The Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, and Meanjin. His work has recently appeared in the anthology New Australian Fiction (KYD) and Growing Up African in Australia (Black Inc.) and in After Australia (Affirm Press).
Alice Robinson is the author of two novels, both published by Affirm Press. Her debut novel, Anchor Point (2015), was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards. The Glad Shout (2019) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and The Colin Roderick Literary Award and won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Alice earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne in 2004 and a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2012, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Peak Award for Research and Research Training.
Alice's stories, essays and reviews have been published widely in literary journals, including in Meanjin, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Fireflies, Arena, The Australian Humanities Review and Australian Book Review.
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