Millennials have been blamed for everything from the death of the nine-to-five work week to the decline of the diamond industry. Delve beyond the facile headlines with three exuberant and incisive millennial authors as they share insights into the complexities and challenges of their generation. They give their takes on work, home, the economy, bodies and art. Featuring Caoilinn Hughes (Orchid and the Wasp), Ling Ma (Severance) and Fiona Wright (The World Was Whole) in conversation with Lifted Brow and Brow Books publisher Sam Cooney.

Supported by Culture Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney.

Caoilinn Hughes (International)

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Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection Gathering Evidence won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award. She has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Art Omi, La Napoule Foundation and Siena Art Institute, as well as a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Ireland Funds Monaco Award. Her work has appeared in Granta, POETRY, Tin House, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr calls Hughes’ debut novel Orchid & the Wasp, “a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity [... which] will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love. Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.”

Ling Ma (International)

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Ling Ma is author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Her work has appeared in Granta, Playboy, Vice, Ninth Letter, ACM and others. She holds an MFA from Cornell University and an AB from the University of Chicago, where she currently serves as Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts. “Severance is the best work of fiction I’ve read yet about the millennial condition―the alienation and cruelty that comes with being a functional person under advanced global capitalism, and the compromised pleasures and irreducibly personal meaning to be found in claiming some stability in a terrible world.” ― Jia Tolentino, New Yorker staff writer.

Fiona Wright (Australian)

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Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which is shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Sam Cooney (Australian)

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Sam Cooney is publisher at independent book press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow and is publisher-in-residence at RMIT University. In 2017 he took part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders professional development program, and last year he took part in the Australia Council publishing delegation tour of India, and travelled to the USA and the UK on Australia Council-funded research trips about not-for-profit trade publishing. He is a current AMP Foundation ‘Tomorrow Maker’.