Each year, The Sydney Morning Herald names the authors it considers to be the best young fiction writers in the country. In the 26th year of the awards, Melanie Kembrey, Editor of Spectrum, leads a discussion with the latest winners about their works. The authors will read short selections from their books.

Michael Burrows joins live via video.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Ella Baxter (Australian)

Ella Baxter

Ella Baxter is young writer who has a deep connection to ritual, art and ceremony through her small business making bespoke death shrouds for funerals. Her poetry has been published in many magazines. Her debut novel New Animal is currently being adapted by Marieke Hardy for a television series, and the project has received funding from Screen Australia. New Animal has also been sold to Picador Books UK. Ella Baxter is writing her second novel.

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.

Michael Burrows (International)

Michael Burrows

Michael Burrows is an author and poet from Perth, whose award-winning short stories have been published all over the world. He moved to London for the 2012 Olympics, and stayed for 10 years before moving back to Perth with his wife. His debut novel, Where the Line Breaks, was shortlisted for the Fogarty Literary Award 2019 and published by Fremantle Press in 2021. He is honoured to have been named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists for 2022.

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.