Acclaimed authors Michelle Cahill and Yumna Kassab come together to discuss their new novels that recentre the stories of people on the peripheries. Michelle’s Daisy and Woolf meditates on art, race and class in a postcolonial world through an exploration of Daisy Simmons’ story – a peripheral character never given a voice in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Yumna’s Australiana examines the realities of regional life in this country, highlighting the people and places on the outskirts whose worlds have become mythologised in some broader perception of national identity. They speak with Felicity Castagna.
Michelle Cahill (Australian)
Michelle Cahill is a Sydney based writer and poet. Her short story collection Letter to Pessoa won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for New Writing and was shortlisted in the 2017 Steele Rudd Award. Her awards include the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and the Red Room Australian Poetry Fellowship. Her latest novel is Daisy and Woolf.
Yumna Kassab (Australian)
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, has been listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards and The Stella Prize. Her second book Australiana was published in April.
Felicity Castagna (Australian)
Felicity Castagna has published four novels for adults and young adults including her most recent book, Girls In Boy's Cars which won the 2022 VPLA for Young Adults . Her previous novel, No More Boats was a finalist in the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Awards and her YA novel The Incredible Here and Now received both The Prime Minister’s Award and The IBBY. She also writes for stage and radio, creates collaborative work for many festivals and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at WSU.