In this series of events, join some of your most beloved writers as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. They may be your favourite writers, but they are also some of our country’s most insightful and incisive readers – and these sessions reveal what they think makes a story extraordinary. They provide keen insights into the books they are most excited about and the writers they are tipping as new talents to watch. Enjoy this special series of conversations between the authors you already love and the new writers they love.

“SJ Norman’s Permafrost has haunted me since I first read it. A collection of ghost stories that queer and disrupt the Western gothic tradition, it's utterly compelling.” - Hannah Kent, Devotion

Bestselling novelist Hannah Kent (Devotion) speaks with SJ Norman about Permafrost, their debut collection of short fiction that updates and queers the gothic and romantic literary traditions.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

SJ Norman (Australian)

SJ Norman

SJ Norman is an artist, writer and curator. Their work has been commissioned by the likes of Performance Space New York and the National Gallery of Australia. They are the recipient of numerous awards for contemporary art and their writing has won or placed in several prizes, including the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. They co-curate Knowledge of Wounds, a global gathering of queer First Nations artists with Joseph M Pierce. Permafrost is their first book.

Hannah Kent (Australian)

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into over 30 languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award. It is currently being adapted for film by Sony TriStar. The Good People, Hannah's second novel, was translated into 10 languages and is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions. Hannah's third novel, Devotion, was published in 2021.