“The writers in this collection are well-known and award-winning, as well as emerging and new. Their stories span generations, geographies and genres. Some are touching, some gritty, some funny, many are all three.” – Ellen van Neerven
Rising stars and leading luminaries come together for an electrifying discussion about the unique power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling. Contributors to the remarkable, generation-spanning anthology Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now, Adam Thompson (Born Into This), Tony Birch (The White Girl), Gayle Kennedy (Koori Girl Goes Shoppin) and Mykaela Saunders, speak with award-winning writer and the collection’s editor Ellen van Neerven. Described as touching on “all manner of life's beauty and messiness” with a quality of writing “that impresses as much as the themes explored” (Books + Publishing), enjoy this conversation with some of Australia’s most original voices on the resonance of First Nations stories and the people that shaped them.
Tony Birch (Australian)
Tony Birch is the author of the bestselling The White Girl, winner of 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of four short-story collections Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017, he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.
Gayle Kennedy (Australian)
Gayle was Indigenous Editor/Writer at Streetwize Comics from 1995 to 1998. Her poetry collection Koori Girl Goes Shoppin was shortlisted for the David Unaipon Award, an award Gayle won in 2006 with Me, Antman & Fleabag. It was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Deadly Award and commended for the Kate Challis RAKA Award. Gayle’s published 11 novels between 2011 and 2014. Gayle’s presented at writers festivals, NAIDOC events, and nationally and internationally on her experience with polio and disability in general. Gayle’s work has been published in Puffin, Currency, Ora Nui, Edinburgh Review anthologies, Southerly Magazine and Verity La, amongst others.
Adam Thompson (Australian)
Adam Thompson is a Pakana writer from Launceston. He was one of the ten recipients of the inaugural The Next Chapter initiative through The Wheeler Centre. Adam has written for performance art and television. His writing has appeared in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Kill Your Darlings, and The Griffith Review. Adam's debut short-story collection, Born into This, was published by UQP in February 2021.
Mykaela Saunders (Australian)
Mykaela Saunders is an award-winning writer, teacher, and community researcher. Mykaela writes across forms and disciplines and has won prizes for her fiction, poetry, creative essays and research. She's worked in Aboriginal education since 2003, and her research explores trans-generational trauma and healing in her community. Of Dharug and Lebanese descent, Mykaela belongs to the Tweed Goori community. Mykaela is working on two short story collections and a novel, and is editing the world's first anthology of blackfella speculative fiction, forthcoming with UQP in 2022.
Ellen van Neerven (Australian)
Ellen van Neerven belongs to the Mununjali Yugambeh people of South East Queensland. Ellen is an award-winning writer, editor and literary activist. They have authored three books including a new poetry collection Throat, which explores different ways to be heard, and edited the anthology Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now.