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. 

Michael Sala (Australian)

Michael Sala

Michael Sala was born in Holland and grew up moving between Europe and Australia. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his first novel, The Last Thread, was the winner of the UTS/Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013, and his second novel, The Restorer, was shortlisted for the fiction categories in the NSW Premier’s and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018.

Michaela Kalowski (Australian)

Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show and Big Ideas, for ABC Classic FM and has presented programs on ABC RN and Local Radio. 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, Turia Pitt, Charlotte Wood, and Laura Marling.