From two of the country’s most exciting new literary talents, the debut novels by Diana Reid (Love & Virtue) and Allee Richards (Small Joys of Real Life) capture the thrilling and tumultuous experiences of young adulthood. Diana offers a strikingly contemporary and incisive take on issues of consent, class and privilege through the eyes of university students. Allee charts the experiences of twenty-somethings navigating friendship, desire and loss. They share the stage to speak with Spectrum editor, Melanie Kembrey.

Diana Reid appears thanks to the support of The Salon.

Diana Reid (Australian)

Diana Reid

Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer, who recently graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons Philosophy)/Law. In January 2020, her career in theatre was off to a promising start: the musical she co-wrote and produced, 1984! The Musical!, debuted and she was set to direct and write theatre performances in Sydney and over to the Edinburgh Fringe. When COVID-19 saw the cancellation of global theatre, she decided she’d spend her time in shutdown writing a manuscript. Love & Virtue is her debut novel.

Allee Richards (Australian)

Allee Richards

Allee Richards is a theatremaker and fiction writer from Melbourne. Her short stories have been published widely in Australian journals and anthologies including by Kill Your Darlings and Overland. Her debut novel, Small Joys of Real Life, was published in 2021. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the 2019 Richell Prize.

Melanie Kembrey (Australian)

Melanie Kembrey

Melanie Kembrey is the editor of Spectrum at The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also an accomplished and widely published interviewer and literary reviewer.