Celebrated for his dark realism in the tradition of the early works of Christos Tsiolkas and Luke Davies, Peter Polites has been hailed as an exciting new voice. His debut novel Down the Hume is unpretentious, spare and squarely placed in his native Western Sydney. Peter and Ronnie Scott discuss writing queer Western Sydney noir, the Greek migrant experience, and real and metaphorical borders.

Supported by Macquarie University. 

Peter Polites (Australian)

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Peter Polites is a Western Sydney-based writer. In 2014 he wrote and appeared in the Sweatshop performance writing production Three Jerks. In 2015 he was a recipient of the WestWords writing fellowship. He wrote Steps into Katouna, a performance text for Urban Theatre Projects that was put on for Sydney Festival 2017. Down the Hume is his first novel: it is part noir, part melodrama, part queer and all Western Sydney.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

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Ronnie Scott is the author of Salad Days, a Penguin Special about food and money. He writes frequently for ABC RN, the National Gallery of Victoria, and many international newspapers, journals and magazines. In 2007 he founded The Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine. He is lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT.