Whether imagined or real, seeing the world from different perspectives can be illuminating and transforming. But it takes true skill to do it well. In Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals the souls of 10 animals tell the story of their own deaths. Chris Flynn writes in the voices of a range of carnival characters in The Glass Kingdom and Fiona McFarlane writes in the voice of an elderly widow whose mind isn’t what it once was in The Night Guest. They speak with Angela Meyer.
Chris Flynn (Australian)
Chris Flynn is the author of A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. He edited Terra Australis: Four Stories from Aboriginal Australian Writers in McSweeney’s 41, and his writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Paris Review Daily, Monster Children, Silent History, Age, Australian, Big Issue and many other publications. His most recent novel is The Glass Kingdom.
Fiona McFarlane has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Southerly, the Best Australian Stories and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Night Guest, her debut novel, has sold into fifteen territories around the world.
Ceridwen Dovey did her undergraduate study at Harvard, and spent a year as research assistant for the current affairs program Now with Bill Moyers. She wrote her novel Blood Kin as her thesis for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town, and has a PhD in anthropology from New York University. Her most recent book is Only the Animals. ceridwendovey.com
Angela Meyer is an author, editor and literary journalist. Her collecion of her flash fiction is Captives. She is also the editor of an anthology of eerie stories by Australian writers, called The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders). As a book reviewer and journalist Angela has been published in a wide variety of publications, such as the Australian,Books+Publishing (which she also edited for a time), AntiTHESIS, Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She recently completed a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. literaryminded.com.au