As the threats of climate change become grim reality, artists are compelled by visions of what lies ahead. Sally Abbott’s debut novel, Closing Down, glimpses a world torn apart by financial crises and a changing climate. James Bradley’s Clade is an urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives. The work of Wiradjuri woman Hannah Donnelly experiments with indigenous responses to climate change. These home-grown creatives, who are keeping a weather eye on our future, are in conversation with acclaimed author Ashley Hay. 

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and the anthology, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012, he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year. His most recent novel is Ghost Species.

Hannah Donnelly (Australian)

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah is an award-winning Wiradjuri writer, curator and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. She is currently producer of First Nations Programs at Information + Cultural Exchange, a curatorium member for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney 2022 and chief editor of BLACKLIGHT, a forthcoming Sweatshop anthology of First Nations storytelling. Hannah is Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, her recent publications include essays and poetry in After Australia, Sovereign Words, Artlink, Acclaim Magazine, Writers Victoria and Cordite Poetry Review.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Queensland Literary Awards, and longlisted for prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds and A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.