This is a chance to see fresh Australian talent. Four of Australia’s most exciting new voices read and discuss their critically acclaimed work with Jill Eddington. Meredith Jaffé's The Fence has been described as a ‘keenly observed satire on the boundaries we set’, and Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities as a ‘biting collection of stories’. A Chinese Affair is the dazzling first collection from Isabelle Li, and Sarah Schmidt’s startling debut novel See What I Have Done is the moving tale of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. 

Julie Koh (Australian)

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Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents, and left a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities, which was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. Julie is also the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.

Isabelle Li (Australian)

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Isabelle Li grew up in China and migrated to Australia in 1999. Her collection of short stories, A Chinese Affair, was published by Margaret River Press in 2016. She has published in various literary journals and anthologies, including The Best Australian Stories, Southerly, and World Literature in China. Her script Mooncake and Crab was made into a short film funded by Screen NSW and premiered at the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival.

Sarah Schmidt (Australian)

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Sarah Schmidt currently works as a reading and literacy co-ordinator at a regional public library in Melbourne, after having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management. See What I Have Done is her first novel.

Photo: Nicholas Purcell 

Meredith Jaffé (Australian)

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Meredith Jaffé wrote the weekly literary column The Bookshelf for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla; sharing literary news, reviewing books and interviewing writers. She regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews fellow authors for various literary events and writers’ festivals. As a keen believer in the power of literacy, Meredith volunteers at The Footpath Library where she manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. Her first novel, The Fence, was published in 2016.

Jill Eddington (Australian)

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Jill Eddington is CEO of University Queensland Press. From 2013 to 2017, Jill was director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts.