For many people, their exposure to astrology is limited to the horoscope column at the back of a newspaper. Award–winning Canadian author and astrology devotee Eliza Robertson believes this is like only being exposed to literature through Fifty Shades of Grey. The author of Demi-Gods explains why the ancient practice intersects art, language and mathematics, examines its appeal to historically marginalised groups, and argues that it offers a more vivid and inspired way of understanding reality.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

Eliza Robertson (International)

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Eliza Robertson attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. In 2015, she was named one of five emerging writers for the Writers' Trust Five x Five program. She is the winner of the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story Pheidippides. Demi-Gods is her first novel.

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.