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 is an award-winning writer and critic. His novels include Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, all of which have won or been shortlisted for major Australian and international literary awards. He is also the author of a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus and a young adult novel, The Silent Invasion.
Hannah Donnelly (Australian)
Hannah Donnelly is a writer and the creator of Sovereign Trax. Her work experiments with future tense, speculative fiction and Indigenous responses to climate trauma through stories of cultural flows and water. Sovereign Trax is an online platform promoting First Nations music through energising decolonisation conversations and community in music. Hannah is currently working at Next Wave as an associate producer.
Sally Abbott (Australian)
Sally Abbott is a former journalist and a PR consultant in Melbourne. Sally was the winner of the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2015. Closing Down is her first novel and will be published in May 2017.
Ashley Hay (Australian)
Ashley Hay's latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia and abroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. She has been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble. Her previous novel, The Railwayman's Wife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies' Colin Roderick Award, and People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.