Hear three of Australia’s brightest new literary voices as they discuss their work with ABC’s Michaela Kalowski. Michael Mohammed Ahmad is one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists and author of the unflinching The Lebs. Bram Presser’s The Book of Dirt is a riveting survivor’s tale about love, family secrets and Jewish myths. Holly Ringland’s The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is the internationally celebrated story of a young daughter forced to leave an idyllic seaside home and overcome her past.
Bram Presser (Australian)
Semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, occasional criminal lawyer and one-time cartoon character, Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. He writes the blog Bait For Bookworms and is a founding member of Melbourne Jewish Book Week. His stories have appeared in Vice Magazine, The Sleepers Almanac, Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and Higher Arc. In 2011, Bram won The Age Short Story Award. His first novel, The Book of Dirt, was published in September 2017.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Australian)
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the Director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His debut novel, The Tribe, received the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed’s latest novel is The Lebs.
Holly Ringland (Australian)
Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden in Southeast Queensland. When she was nine, Holly travelled North America in a campervan with her family, sparking lifelong interest in cultures and stories. She moved to England in 2009 to obtain her MA in Creative Writing. Holly now divides her time between the UK and Australia. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is her first novel.
Michaela Kalowski (Australian)
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show and Big Ideas 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, Charlotte Wood, and Laura Marling.