A panel of some of Festival’s most celebrated authors discuss how their books focus on the characters and stories so often left out of history, and how writers work to decolonise the world of fiction. Together, they examine how fresh voices and perspectives can challenge the traditional canon and prevailing ideas of literature and culture. Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah (Out of Darkness, Shining Light), acclaimed Jamaican novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn (Patsy),Stone Sky Gold Mountain author Mirandi Riwoe, and Djungan writer Phoebe Grainer speak with Winnie Dunn.

Petina Gappah (International)

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Graz and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009. Her first novel, The Book of Memory, was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her highly anticipated second novel is Out of Darkness, Shining Light.

Nicole Dennis-Benn (International)

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the bestselling novel Patsy. Her debut novel Here Comes the Sun was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Nicole is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant and the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Award. Her writing has been awarded a Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize, and two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction.

Mirandi Riwoe (Australian)

Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure's Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award's fiction prize.

Phoebe Grainer (Australian)

Phoebe Grainer

Phoebe Grainer is a Djungan woman from Far North Queensland. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2016 and she is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Phoebe has been published in Sweatshop Women, SBS Voices, Red Room Poetry and The Lifted Brow.

Winnie Dunn (Australian)

Winnie Dunn

Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer and arts worker from Mt Druitt. She is the General Manager of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Winnie’s work has been published in The Sydney Review of Books, Going Down Swinging, Griffith Review, Meanjin, SBS Voices, Southerly and Red Room Poetry. She is the editor of several anthologies, most recently Sweatshop Women and This Little Red Thing. Winnie is currently completing her debut novel as the recipient of a 2019 CAL Ignite Grant.