Internationally bestselling author Toni Jordan (The Fragments) has long been in love with 17th-century French playwright and comic genius MolieÌre. But she was surprised to learn that many critics relegate his work’s romantic aspects to the non-essential pile. In making her case for MolieÌre being one of history’s finest rom-com playwrights, Toni explores why men are misclassified as non-genre writers. She also previews her own play, which portrays her trying to convince the Frenchman of his rom-com credentials.

Toni Jordan (Australian)

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Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international best-seller Addition was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl was published internationally and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Toni teaches creative writing at Faber Academy. Her most recent novel is The Fragments.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

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Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. Her work has won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant.