It is sometimes said that the most convincing villains in literature are those who don’t know they are villains. Acclaimed novelist Claire G. Coleman believes the most entertaining villains are the ones who think they are heroes. Her own novel, Terra Nullius, flips the table on Australian colonial history and envisions a continent disturbingly familiar, yet worryingly futuristic. In this fascinating talk, Claire looks through the lens of fictional villainy to contemplate how we view evil in the real world.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

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Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is in the south coast of Western Australia between Esperance and Albany. In 2016 she was awarded a Black&Write Indigenous Writing Fellowship for a manuscript she wrote while travelling around the continent now called Australia in an old troop-carrier and a ragged caravan. Her debut novel is Terra Nullius.

Clara Sitbon (Australian)

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Clara Sitbon is a lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on literary hoaxes, frauds, fake and forgeries in French, English and Australian literatures, as well as crime fiction and post-structuralism in the post-truth era. Her first monograph, Figures du hoax litteraire, which establishes the first theory of literary hoaxes, is forthcoming.