This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 268  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction
It’s the unusual, idiosyncratic characters who can really make a story sing. In Mark Dapin’s R&R, an unlikely duo named Nashville and Shorty transport us to wartime Vietnam. Paddy O’Reilly brings the fringes of society to life in her short story collection Peripheral Vision. And Fiona McFarlane’s diverse cast of marine biologists, ghosts, farmers and parachutists in The High Places draw you deep into the heart of each weird and wonderful universe. Join these three character gurus in conversation with Sunil Badami.

Sunday 22 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Paddy O’Reilly (Australian)

Paddy O’Reilly is the author of three novels (one as P.A. O’Reilly, The Fine Colour of Rust), a collection of award-winning short stories, The End of the World (UQP, 2007), and a novella. Her novels have been shortlisted for major awards and published in the US and UK, and her stories have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast in Australia and overseas. Peripheral Vision is her most recent book.

Mark Dapin (Australian)

Mark Dapin is the author of the novels King of the Cross and Spirit House. King of the Cross won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and Spirit House was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Royal Society for Literature's Ondaatje Prize. His recent work of military history, The Nashos' War, won an Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the national NIB Waverley Library Awards. His most recent book is R&R.

Fiona McFarlane (Australian)

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, and 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 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. Her latest book is The High Places.

Sunil Badami (Australian)

From being a trainee circus clown in England to a sous chef in a pub at the foot of a Manx mountain, a financial planner in the CBD to managing a Kings Cross sex shop, Sunil Badami has had more jobs than he’s had haircuts. He’s written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Good Weekend, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Monthly, The Australian, Art & Australia, Southerly, Island, Seizure, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. In addition to teaching at the University of Technology, Sydney, he appears regularly on 702 ABC Sydney, Radio National and Double J, where he presents the regular books segment You Gotta Read This!.



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