Dystopian fiction imagines worlds where dictatorships, environmental ruin, reproductive regulation and draconian immigration laws reign. But what happens when the real world starts to look startlingly similar? Authors Sally Abbott (Closing Down), James Bradley (The Silent Invasion) and Briohny Doyle (The Island Will Sink) join Maria Lewis to discuss the power of dystopian fiction. Can it help us process changes in our world? And what lessons can the uprisings of dystopian fiction teach?

Supported by Macquarie University.

Briohny Doyle (Australian)

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Briohny Doyle is a writer and academic, and an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Endeavour Fellowship for research based at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was nominated for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. Her debut novel, The Island Will Sink, was published to acclaim in 2016. Her first work of nonfiction, Adult Fantasy, is out in May and explores adulthood for a generation of millennials.

Sally Abbott (Australian)

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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. 

James Bradley (Australian)

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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.

Maria Lewis (Australian)

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Maria Lewis is a journalist and author. Getting her start covering police rounds, her writings on pop culture have appeared in the New York Post, Empire Magazine, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph and the Huffington Post. She also appears on SBS Viceland series The Feed. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? was released worldwide in 2016. Maria's latest book is the sequel, Who’s Afraid Too?.