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First Chapters Q&A with Meg Mundell

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Meg Mundell is a writer and academic.  The Trespassers (UQP, August 2019) is her second novel. Black Glass (2011) is Meg’s critically acclaimed first novel, and Things I Did for Money (2013) is her debut short story collection. Past day jobs include freelance journalist, policy analyst, nightclub DJ, ventriloquist’s assistant, and deputy editor of The Big Issue Australia.  Meg holds a PhD in creative writing and a BA in psychology and philosophy, and her academic research focuses on place, spatial justice, and narratives of homelessness. Meg also runs the project WeAre Here, which uses creative writing to explore understandings of place with people who have experienced homelessness (www.homelesswriting.org).
Meg will be reading from The Trespassers at First Chapters on Friday 1 November.
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 still trying to decide which part to read: the discovery of the fi…

First Chapters Q&A with Miriam Sved

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Miriam Sved is an editor and the writer of Game Day and A Universe of Sufficient Size.  Her novella All the Things I Should've Given was a winner of Griffith Review's 2018 Novella Project, and her short fiction has been widely published including in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin and Overland.  She has also been a contributing editor on three feminist anthologies, published by Picador/Pan Macmillan: #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement, Mothers & Others: Australian writers on why not all women are mothers and not all mothers are the same and Just Between Us: Australian writers tell the truth about female friendship.
Miriam will be reading rom A Universe of Sufficient Size at First Chapters on Friday 1 November.  
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?
The piece I’m reading is from the beginning of my novel A Universe of Sufficient Size. Moving between Brooklyn in 1950 …

First Chapters Q&A with James Harding

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James Harding was a drug addict and debt collector who operated within the chaotic world of organised crime in Melbourne. Now he is the proud father of five children, a mentor and public speaker who harnesses his experiences from the ‘dark side’ to assist others to be the best version of themselves by encouraging them to unlock their hidden strengths and self-belief.


James Harding will be reading for us from Hard Cuddles at First Chapters on Friday 6 September.



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 have chosen to read the chapter about the pacific islander that came to my rescue one cold and lonely night. It’s an emotional story that is based on faith, serendipity and divine timing. It is the story that I often reflect on and is where the idea of using my life experience to help others originated. You can expect me to get the audience completely engaged with an open heart.
2.How would you de…

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…