Claire G. Coleman and Eda Gunaydin’s latest works of non-fiction draw from lived experience to deliver stark political truths. Claire’s Lies, Damned Lies is a deeply personal exploration of the ongoing trauma of Australia’s violent colonisation, praised as “a vital text that is both unflinching and full of hope” (The Big Issue). Eda’s Root and Branch contributes to a body of work by writers such as Alice Pung and Antigone Kefala in examining the legacies of migration, displacement and diaspora. They speak with Declan Fry about their books and contemporary non-fiction writing.
Claire G. Coleman (Australian)
Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Born in Perth she has spent most of her life in Naarm (Melbourne). Her debut novel Terra Nullius was published in Australia and the US, and was followed by a second novel The Old Lie. Claire's most recent release and her first non-fiction book is Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation, which was published in September 2021.
Eda Gunaydin (Australian)
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora. Her essays and creative non-fiction can be found at Meanjin, Sydney Review of Books and The Lifted Brow. She has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. She is currently Contributing Editor at Sydney Review of Books, and her debut essay collection Root and Branch was published this year.
Declan Fry (Australian)
Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, Declan Fry has written for The Guardian, Overland, Australian Book Review, Liminal, Westerly and elsewhere. His Meanjin essay “Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue with Ziggy Ramo, Dancing” received the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship and he has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. He currently lives with his partner, their pup Walnut, and a cat, Turnip. His latest story will appear in the forthcoming anthology Another Australia.