As projections about the effects of climate change become reality, an emergent strand of storytelling – variously dubbed ‘cli-fi’ and ‘Anthropocene fiction’ – offers a way to push past despair. Andrew Pople speaks with acclaimed novelists James Bradley (Ghost Species), Meg Mundell (The Trespassers) and Madeleine Watts (The Inland Sea) about fiction’s capacity to make sense of global warming. They explore its ability to force us to consider humanity’s survival in a transformed world, and the ways writers can sound a wake-up call to inspire action.
Meg Mundell (Australian)
Meg Mundell's second novel The Trespassers, a near-future literary thriller set on a migrant-labour ship, has been optioned for TV. Meg's first novel Black Glass was shortlisted for several awards, and she has published in Best Australian Stories, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Monthly, Guardian Australia, Meanjin and elsewhere. She also edited We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place & Belonging, a collection of true stories by writers who've experienced homelessness.
James Bradley (Australian)
James Bradley is an author and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His new novel is Ghost Species.
Madeleine Watts (Australian)
Madeleine Watts's debut novel is The Inland Sea. Her essays and fiction have been published in The Believer, Lithub, The White Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Griffith Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She is the winner of the 2015 Griffith Review Novella Competition. Originally from Sydney, she has been based in New York since 2013.
Andrew Pople (Australian)
Andrew Pople is the host and producer of Final Draft on radio 2ser in Sydney. Each week Andrew sits down with an author to discuss their work and explore Australian books, writing and literary culture. Andrew is also a Speech Pathologist with special interests in early language acquisition, Autism Spectrum Disorder and literacy and in this role he works to foster a love of books in a new generation of readers. Final Draft broadcasts weekly on 2ser 107.3 and as the podcast Final Draft - Great Conversations.