YA lit fest

This Saturday at Doncaster Library there will be a whole bunch of cool YA stuff happening! Come and see Alice Pung, Rebecca Lim, Melissa Keil and me talk about ………. YA ……… stuff.

There will be food trucks and book signings and we can hang out! It’s free!

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2019

I have two very big things coming out in 2019.

The first is Highway Bodies, a book about queer teens who have to rely upon each other to survive during a zombie apocalypse. It’s set in Australia, and there are three POV characters:

  • Jojo, a non binary DORK whose town goes into lockdown when some weird things start happening at the local hospital
  • Dee, the bi drummer in a band who has gone to a house in the bush for a weekend then discovers something in town is very wrong
  • a character who is mostly unnamed until the very end, she is a trans girl who lives in rural Australia, where the zombie infection first starts out

Highway Bodies is going to come out early 2019 with Echo Publishing and you can read the short story it started out being here.

 

The second thing is Kindred, an anthology of queer #loveozya stories by queer Australian authors. The other authors are:

  • Christos Tsiolkas
  • Benjamin Law
  • Jen Wilde
  • Ellen van Neerven
  • Marlee Jane Ward
  • Claire G. Coleman
  • Erin Gough
  • Nevo Zisin
  • Omar Sakr
  • Jax Jacki Brown
  • Michael Earp

My story is set in the near-future, where sea levels have risen and everyone lives close to, around, or in the sea. Marling goes out fishing one day, but an unexpected storm pings ver boat to somewhere ve’s never been before, where they meet New, an enby who lives in a cabin in a mangrove swamp.

Kindred will be coming out mid next year with Walker Books.

IDAHOBIT, Feminist Writers Festival and Continuum

Hey folks, I am doing a few things in the next four weeks and they’re all a bit different.

On May 17 for IDAHOBIT (international day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia) me and Katherine Back (Concrete Queers) and Erin Kyan (Love and Luck Podcast) are gonna talk about zines. It’s also the launch of a free zine created by locals around the area to celebrate IDAHOBIT. It starts at 4pm and is at Eltham Library, and there’s a Facebook event too.

On May 25 I’ll be helping kick off the start of the 2018 Feminist Writers Festival. With Evelyn Araluen, Alison Croggon, Foong Ling Kong, Ann-Marie Priest and Jamila Rizvi, we’re going to talk about Australian feminist texts. It’s at LOOP Bar and it’s gonna be a great night,and you can grab a ticket here!

At the start of June, I am one of the Guests of Honour (very fancy) at Continuum Convention. The program is yet to be announced but I know we’re gonna be talking about spec fic all long weekend so if that is your jam, consider coming along. You can check out their website here.

 

Aurealis awards

Ida has been shortlisted in the Aurealis awards!! (update from last post, Ida won the People’s Choice award at the Vic Prems awards!)

Alongside some of my fricken fav books, too!!!

The other shortlistees are:

In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Psynode by Marlee Jane Ward
The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

HOW COOL IS IT

Review: No Limit by Holly Childs

nolimit_webThe blurb of No Limit (2014) says it’s told in “sugar-rush prose” and this sums it up pretty well. This is a novella that kind of reads like you’re browsing the internet. You’ve got twitter open, tumblr, you’re IMing ten different people and writing a few emails at the same time.

Ash, our main character, is on a connecting flight from Auckland when a volcanic eruption begins and her flight is grounded indefinitely. Is it the apocalypse? Maybe. She’s not going to die at the airport, so she gets a taxi out of there.

There’s not a lot of action and we mostly watch as Ash travels with people she barely knows (including the dream girl she passed at the airport) around a city she doesn’t know. There are apocalypse parties, bathroom orgies, internet cafes. There’s twitter, tumblr, skype, facebook, texting. This is how you write about the internet.

The prose can be intense, super vivid, with sprawling sentences:

After walking super slowly for about twenty metres in absolute blackness, dark enough that Ash can’t tell if her eyes are open or closed, and Mack is having flashbacks to his shit dad preaching on the horrors of death’s kingdom, and Ash has to spit the Skittles out of her mouth because they taste to intense without colour, and Mack thinks that maybe this is the final solution–after all that, they turn a corner and see rainbow oscillating light illuminating a pile of bricks from behind a gap in the wall and the beat gets louder, louder. (p45)

The book is only eighty five pages long and Childs sustains the fierce style throughout, any longer and it may not have worked.

Another super great thing is all the queer representation — almost every character is either non-hetero or non-cis and it’s never really a big thing. No labels are really used and sometimes that can read terribly, but here in this clever, fast-paced, surreal maybe-apocalypse world, it works.

No Limit is published by Hologram and you can buy it here.

5/5 stars