In this new series of events, join some of your most beloved writers as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. They may be your favourite writers, but they’re also some of our country’s most insightful and incisive readers – and these sessions reveal what they think makes a story extraordinary. Providing keen insights into the books they’re most excited about and the writers they’re tipping as new talents to watch, enjoy this special series of conversations between the authors you already love and the new writers they love.

“Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear is a remarkable work. The poems spark with energy and life. Araluen is a dynamic voice that demands to be heard.” – Tony Birch, The White Girl

Bestselling author Tony Birch (The White Girl) speaks with Evelyn Araluen about her fierce debut Dropbear – a collection of poetry and prose from one of Australia’s most exciting young writers described by Declan Fry as “a stunning scalpel wielded through Australian myths” (Guardian Australia). 

Supported by Australian Poetry.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Evelyn’s debut is Dropbear.

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

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.