As climate catastrophe engulfs us, what role can fiction play in reflecting, critiquing and reconceiving how we interact with the natural world? Three writers whose recent work engages with environmental themes discuss what tools and opportunities the writing of ‘eco-fiction’ offers a planet in crisis. Stella Prize–nominated Yumna Kassab (Australiana), international bestseller Charlotte McConaghy (Once There Were Wolves) and Mykaela Saunders, the editor of the first anthology of First Nations speculative fiction This All Come Back Now, discuss this question with Delia Falconer.

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Mykaela Saunders (Australian)

Mykaela Saunders

Mykaela Saunders is a Koori and Lebanese writer, teacher, community researcher and the editor of This All Come Back Now, the world's first anthology of blackfella speculative fiction. Mykaela is a 2021 Next Chapter recipient, and has won the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, the National Indigenous Story Award, the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize, the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Prize for Nonfiction and the University of Sydney's Sister Alison Bush Graduat Medal for Indigenous research. Of Dharug descent, and working-class and queer, Mykaela belongs to the Tweed Goori community.

Yumna Kassab (Australian)

Yumna Kassab

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.

Charlotte McConaghy (Australian)

Charlotte McConaghy

Charlotte McConaghy is the author of the New York Times bestseller Once There Were Wolves, shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2022, and the international bestseller Migrations, a TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year and the Amazon.com Best Fiction Book of the Year for 2020, which is being translated into over 20 languages and adapted for film. She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and son.

Delia Falconer (Australian)

Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer is the author of the novels The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Sydney, a personal history of her hometown. Her writing has been widely anthologised and shortlisted for prizes across the fields of fiction, non-fiction, history, and biography. In 2018 she was awarded the 2018 Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism. Her fourth book, Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss was published in 2021.