Laura Elvery - Ordinary Matter

Thursday 10 September 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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"Elegant, wise and humming with insight – this sublime collection proves that Elvery is in a class of her own." Toni Jordan

Ashley Hay is in-conversation with Laura Elvery for the launch of Ordinary Matter.

Inspired by the twenty times women have won Nobel Prizes for science, this short-story collection from award-winning writer Laura Elvery is a dazzling, thought-provoking follow-up to Trick of the Light.

In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including Marie Curie twice.

Spanning more than a century and ranging across the world, this inventive story collection is inspired by these women whose work has altered history and saved millions of lives. From a transformative visit to the Grand Canyon to a baby washing up on a Queensland beach, a climate protest during a Paris heatwave to Stockholm on the eve of the 1977 Nobel Prize ceremony, these stories interrogate the nature of inspiration and discovery, motherhood and sacrifice, illness and legacy. Sometimes the extraordinary pivots on the ordinary.

"These stories gently and beautifully track the outward ripples of these women's scientific achievements, through the years and across decades. An experimental and literary triumph." Ceridwen Dovey

Laura Elvery’s work has been published in Meanjin, Overland, The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Griffith Review. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, and the Overland Fair Australia short story prize. Laura has a PhD in Creative Writing.