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First Chapters Q&A with Paul Fleckney

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Paul Fleckney is a writer, educator and researcher. He teaches urban planning at the University of Melbourne. Paul grew up in England and became fascinated in rave during 1988’s ‘Second Summer of Love’. Too young to experience the acid house explosion firsthand, he read the hysterical headlines in the press and watched the pantomime of moral panic play out on TV. A keen techno music fan, Paul remembers well the bitter disappointment he felt when he first stepped inside a nightclub. He pronounced rave dead, buried beneath a thousand commercial ‘choons’ and a sticky beer-stained carpet. But then a conversation with Melbourne DJ Brewster B. in 2013 renewed his interest in rave. As Paul listened to Brewster’s fascinating and outrageous stories, he realised that through writing about rave he could share in a subculture that had not only eluded him for 25 years but also had transformed the lives of thousands of young Melburnians.
Paul Fleckney will be reading from Techno Shuffle: Rave Cultur…

First Chapters Q&A with Gerii Pleitez

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Gerii Pleitez is a fearless new literary voice. Her debut book On The Sunday, She Created Godis a transgressive coming of age story that is both brutal and beautiful. A punk, post-feminist, punch in the face. Gerii's visceral poetic imagery strikes at the heart of what it is to be young, to desire and to want purpose in a world which if often without. She is also the founder of Kara Sevda Press, Australia's first publisher dedicated to illuminating the voices of local women of colour. The imprint is the cutting edge of modern literature and publishing; underground, digitally distinct and iconoclastic in it's ethos. On The Sunday, She Created God was the first book released on the imprint and will be followed by a journal publication featuring work from women of colour to be released in 2020.

Gerii Pleitez will be reading from On the Sunday, She Created God at First Chapters on Friday 4 October.
1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work. Tell …

First Chapters Q&A with Amra Pajalic

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Amra Pajalić is a Melbourne-based author of Bosnian background. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Civic Choice Award. Amra has appeared on panels at conferences and literary festivals including at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Writers Festival, Williamstown Literary Festival, Reading Matters Conference Panel, and the VicTESOL Conference. She was funded by Artists in Schools to be an Artist in Residence in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in high schools, and in 2014 received funding from Creative Victoria to be mentored by Alice Pung to work on her memoir. She works as a high school teacher and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at La Trobe University. Amra will be reading from her memoir Things Nobody Knows But Me at First Chapters on Friday 4 October.
1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from what you will be reading?


I will read the prologue of my memoir Thin…

First Chapters Q&A with Leah Kaminsky

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Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist and is the co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. Leah holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.Leah will be reading from The Hollow Bones at First Chapters on Friday 5 July.1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work. Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen? I'll be reading from the prologue.2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write? I'm genre fluid! My themes seem to circle around loss, war, injustice...and animals!3. What was the first book that you read (or had read to you) that left an impression on you? Winnie the Pooh - I loved his whimsy, innocence and wisdom.4. Do you believe that books should answer life’s big questions? The books I …

First Chapters Q&A with Elizabeth Kuiper

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Elizabeth Kuiper grew up in Zimbabwe before immigrating to Perth with her mother.  In 2016 she graduated from University of Melbourne with a degree in politics and philosophy.  An early extract of Little Stones was shortlisted for the Richell Prize, received the Express Media prize for best work of fiction and was published in Award Winning Australian Writing.  Elizabeth is currently studying Law at University of Melbourne.

Elizabeth will be reading from Little Stones at First Chapters on Friday 5 July.


1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?

I’ve chosen an excerpt from the first chapter of Little Stones. The piece introduces the reader to many of the main characters in the novel (Hannah, her mother and her grandparents) and to a place Hannah is very fond of, her grandparent’s tobacco farm. It also introduces a potential conflict on the horizon. We hear about the War Veterans – War Vets – wh…

First Chapters Q&A with Anna Snoekstra

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Anna Snoekstra writes novels, teaches storytelling at RMIT University and co-ordinates the Write Club at 100 Story Building.  Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Filmme Fatales and she is a regular contributor to Lindsay.  Her first novel Only Daughterwas released in 2016, and is currently in the works to be turned into a feature film with Universal Pictures.  Her second, the acclaimedLittle Secrets, was released in 2017.  In 2018, Anna released her first YA novel, Mercy Pointand the twisty and suspenseful novel, The Spite Game.

Anna will be reading from The Spite Game at First Chapters on Friday 5 July. 
1.   Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?
I’m going to read from my most recent novel The Spite Game, which is a story about lust, revenge and girlhood. Some of my favourite topics to write about!
2.How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
I write creepy psychologi…