In a country that champions underdogs, battlers and a ‘fair go’, why do we turn a blind eye to the widening gulf between the haves and have-nots? Hear from a panel of acclaimed writers featured in Cop This Lot: rewriting the myth of a classless nation, a new anthology that explores Australia’s complex relationship with class and dismantles the myths that endure at the heart of our national identity. Featuring Peter Polites, Sheila Ngoc Pham and Chris Fleming on stage with the collection’s editor Tobias McCorkell.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist from Western Sydney. He has written two queer noirs, Down the Hume and The Pillars, which won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award. He’s also won the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literature Prize for Fiction. In 2021 he will be a writer in residence at UNSW Canberra and working on his third novel, God Forgets About the Poor.

Sheila Ngoc Pham (Australian)

Sheila Ngoc Pham

Sheila Ngoc Pham is a writer, editor and producer working in radio, print, online and film. Her recent writing can be found in Mascara Literary Review, Sydney Review of Books, Kill Your Darlings and Running Dog. In 2021, she is in residence at UTS Library as a member of The Finishing School collective in collaboration with artist Marian Abboud for the Creative in Residence program. She lives in Yagoona on Darug land with her husband and two children.

Chris Fleming (Australian)

Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in both the scholarly and popular media, including The Guardian, The Sydney Review of Books, Westerly, The LA Review of Books, and The Chronicle Review. He is the author or editor of ten books, most recently of On Drugs. He is currently Associate Professor in Humanities and a Member of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.

Tobias McCorkell (Australian)

Tobias McCorkell

Tobias McCorkell is the author of the novel Everything in its Right Place (Transit Lounge, 2020). Tobias has appeared at the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival (2018) and is the recipient of the University of Melbourne/Affirm Press Prize for Creative Writing (2015), a Varuna Residency Fellowship (2019), and a Leighton Artists Studios Residency (2019) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Melbourne.