What does Australia look like in 2050? What climate catastrophes are occurring? What legacies of police brutality and white supremacy do we live with? Or have we found a way to change our country’s course? Some of Australia’s most imaginative and provocative Indigenous writers and writers of colour – each contributors to the daring anthology After Australia – offer an unflinching prediction of our country’s future. Find out what awaits us with Wiradjuri writer, curator and producer Hannah Donnelly; writer and actor Michelle Law (Single Asian Female, Homecoming Queens); and author Roanna Gonsalves (The Permanent Resident); in conversation with the anthology’s editor Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Lebs).
Hannah Donnelly (Australian)
Hannah is an award-winning Wiradjuri writer, curator and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. She is currently producer of First Nations Programs at Information + Cultural Exchange, a curatorium member for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney 2022 and chief editor of BLACKLIGHT, a forthcoming Sweatshop anthology of First Nations storytelling. Hannah is Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, her recent publications include essays and poetry in After Australia, Sovereign Words, Artlink, Acclaim Magazine, Writers Victoria and Cordite Poetry Review.
Michelle Law (Australian)
Michelle Law is a writer and actor working in print, theatre and screen. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, and co-created, co-wrote and starred in the SBS show Homecoming Queens. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award and two Australian Writers' Guild awards. Her latest play, Miss Peony, will be staged at Belvoir St Theatre in 2021.
Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)
Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction The Permanent Resident. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC Radio National Earshot) is an acerbic portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and teaches Creative Writing at UNSW and at NYU Sydney. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Australian)
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the Founding Director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and Editor of the critically acclaimed anthology After Australia. His debut novel, The Tribe, won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs, won a 2019 Premier’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Mohammed completed his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017. His forthcoming novel, The Other Half of You, will be published in June, 2021.