Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending – The Novella Project VII

Thursday 14 November 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Join the editor of Griffith Review, Ashley Hay with readers Krissy Kneen, Allanah Hunt, Mirandi Riwoe and Holden Sheppard for the launch of Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending – The Novella Project VII.

Griffith Review presents its annual showcase of the country's leading writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The Light Ascending features new work from Holly Ringland, Julienne van Loon, Mirandi Riwoe, Allanah Hunt, Krissy Kneen and Pat Hoffie, as well as inspiring new work from Australia's leading poets.

The residents of a seaside town find their dreams perturbed after a young woman serves them candies at the local market; an Aboriginal family is forced to deal with the consequences of the death of a loved one in custody; the model for a celebrated canvas by Paul Gauguin reveals the harsh undertone of exploitation behind the artist's work; a woman experiencing a post-accident coma ebbs back and forth through the currents of her life.

Edited by Ashley Hay, Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending – The Novella Project VII presents new work that challenges, celebrates, questions and critiques.

Krissy Kneen is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her memoir Affection (Text, 2010) was shortlisted for the ABIA Biography of the Year, her novel An Uncertain Grace (Text, 2017) was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, and her first collection of poetry, Eating My Grandmother (UQP, 2016), won the Thomas Shapcott Award. She is a 2019 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellow, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Allanah Hunt is a Barkindji woman completing her creative writing PhD through Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She has published several short stories, and two of her manuscripts were highly commended in the black&write! inaugural writing fellowship. She is a recipient of a Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship.

Mirandi Riwoe’s novella The Fish Girl (Brio Books, 2018) won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and in the fiction category at the Queensland Literary Awards. Her novel Stone Sky Gold Mountain will be published next year by UQP. She is the author of two crime novels, and is prose editor of Peril Magazine. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction and Best Summer Stories.

Holden Sheppard is a Perth-based author originally from Geraldton, Western Australia. His unpublished manuscript Invisible Boys won the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and was highly commended in the Australian Society of Authors’ 2018 Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize. His writing has appeared in Indigo Journal, page seventeen, Ten Daily and the Huffington Post.

Ashley Hay is a former literary editor of The Bulletin, and a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize. She has also been longlisted for the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Kibble. In 2014, she edited the anthology Best Australian Science Writing. She is the editor of Griffith Review.