Nicole Abadee meets two critically acclaimed novelists who draw from mythology to tell their stories. Hear Irish author Danny Denton and Canadian novelist Eliza Robertson in an absorbing discussion about the use of fable and lore in literature. Danny’s debut (The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow) conjures a post-apocalyptic Ireland through myth, poetry and diverse narrative voices. Eliza’s (Demi-Gods) uses classical mythology as the blueprint for a dangerous romance that unfolds over a series of summers.

Danny Denton is supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney and Culture Ireland.

Eliza Robertson is supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

Danny Denton (International)

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Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow is his first novel. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Big Issue, and Granta. His short stories have been published in Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Funhouse, among others.

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.

Nicole Abadee (Australian)

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Nicole Abadee is the books writer for the Australian Financial Review Magazine, out on the last Friday of every month. She also runs her own literary consultancy, helping writers to polish their manuscripts prior to publication. Before that she was a senior editor at Penguin Random House.