It’s a whole rural revival for a new crop of novels with P.A. O’Reilly creating the town of Gunapan as the setting for her The Fine Colour of Rust while Carrie Tiffany puts her characters in Mateship of Birds in the country town of Cohuna. They talk to Angela Meyer about why they decided to go bush.
Carrie Tiffany (Australian)
Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She now lives in Melbourne where she works as an agricultural journalist. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book (2006) and the 2006 Western Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. Mateship with Birds is her second novel.
Paddy O'Reilly’s award-winning fiction has been published and broadcast widely both in Australia and internationally. Stories from The End of the World won prizes including The Age short story award, and her debut novel, The Factory was broadcast on ABC Radio National in 2009. Her second novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, is published this year in the UK, US and Australia. http://twitter.com/paddy_oreilly
Angela Meyer's short stories, articles and reviews have been published widely, including in Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, Crikey, Southerly, The Big Issue, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian. She is a former acting editor of Bookseller+Publisher and runs a popular blog, LiteraryMinded, featuring book reviews and author interviews. She is based in Melbourne and is working on a novel as part of a doctorate of creative arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. http://literaryminded.com.au