Some of Australia’s most accomplished writers discuss place and setting in fiction, drawing on their latest works. The ABC’s Michaela Kalowski talks to Eliza Henry-Jones, whose Ache sees a rural community recover from a devastating bushfire; Di Morrissey, whose A Distant Journey places her protagonist on an isolated sheep station in the Riverina in NSW; Sandra Leigh Price, whose The River Sings is set in 1825 in London and Australia,  and Michael Sala, whose The Restorer exquisitely captures the Newcastle coastline. 

Eliza Henry-Jones (Australian)

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Eliza Henry-Jones is a writer. Her most recent novel Ache is out this year. Her debut novel In the Quiet was published as part of a three-book deal and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and longlisted for the ABIA and Indie Book Awards. Eliza has worked for years with families in the drug and alcohol sector and has qualifications in psychology and grief, loss and trauma counselling.

Di Morrissey (Australian)

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Di Morrissey wanted to write books from age seven. She worked as a journalist and broadcaster before publishing her first book. Landscape is the inspiration for her novels and she lives in each place where a book is set. She writes of relationships, intrigue and family issues, weaving in the history, the environment, cultural, social and political issues of each place. Di has established and supports a primary school in Myanmar. She also writes and publishes a monthly newspaper, The Manning Community News.

Michael Sala (Australian)

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Michael Sala's most recent book is The Restorer. His critically acclaimed debut, The Last Thread, won the 2013 NSW Premier's Award for New Writing and was the regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize.

Sandra Leigh Price (Australian)

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Sandra Leigh Price's first novel The Bird's Child was published in 2015 and her latest work is The River Sings. Originally from a performing arts background, Sandra has also written for the theatre and for the screen.

Michaela Kalowski (Australian)

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Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for the ABC on RN's The Music Show and Big Ideas and has presented programs on ABC Local Radio and RN. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Amos Oz, Tom Keneally, Daniel Mendelsohn, Anthony Horowitz, Charlotte Wood and Laura Marling.