The authors of three of the most stylistically daring releases of the past year discuss their celebrated works, each dealing with women’s bodies and horror in unique and compelling ways, with Rebecca Harkins-Cross. Carmen Maria Machado’s anarchic Her Body and Other Parties maps the realities of women’s lives and violence. Emma Glass’s Peach conjures a horror-style realm to chronicle the aftermath of an assault. Sharlene Teo’s Ponti tells of a woman confronted by her past when working on the remake of a cult horror film series.
Carmen Maria Machado (International)
Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation and Yaddo. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
Emma Glass (International)
Emma Glass is a writer and a paediatric nurse from Swansea. She studied English literature and creative writing at the University of Kent, then decided to become a nurse and went back to study children’s nursing. She lives in North London and is a senior clinical research nurse at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Peach is her visionary debut.
Sharlene Teo (International)
Sharlene Teo is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and David TK Wong Creative Writing award. She holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program and was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross (Australian)
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is an award-winning non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in Australia and internationally, appearing in the pages of Meanjin, the Saturday Paper, The Age, The Australian, Lithub and Art: Das Kunstmagazin, and recently anthologised in The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two. She is currently the film columnist for The Lifted Brow and is working on her debut essay collection, about the history of fear in Australian cinema.