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First Chapters Q&A with Michael Earp

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Michael Earp is a bookseller and the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYAStories.  He has passionately worked with Children’s and YA books for more than 16 years.  He has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Children’s Literature.  His writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.  He also established the #AusQueerYA tumblr to coincide with the #LoveOzYA campaign, of which he was previously the Committee Chair.
Michael will be reading at First Chapters on Friday 5 April from his short story "Meet and Greet" which is published in Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories.
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?
‘Meet and Greet’ is a queer meet-cute for book nerds set at Melbourne Writers Festival. It’s pretty adorable and very wholesome.
2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
So far: Short (stories). But in my work overall I like to explore…

First Chapters Q&A with Matt Davies

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Matt Davies is an author of YA fiction.  He has been a full-time writer for 10 years and has ghostwritten seven non-fiction titles and written scripts for TV commercials and documentaries.  Matt sat on the board of Australia’s Emerging Writers’ Festival for 5 years, including 2 years as Chair.
Matt will be reading at First Chapters on Friday 5 April from his debut novel This Thing Of Darkness.  

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 a section midway through the novel when Riley wakes up at her old house after a harrowing night.It’s a pivotal moment for my character and gives the reader a sense of the tone of the book.
2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
I write contemporary young adult novels set in Melbourne. They lean on the literary side and I try to pack an emotional punch.
3. What was the first book that you read (or had read to you) that left an impres…

First Chapters Q&A with Jes Layton

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Jes Layton is a geek with a hat, who writes about, draws, and discusses queer-nerdy things.  Born on Gulidjan land, now living on Wurundjeri, Jes is the Administration Officer for the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office and the Administration and Marketing Coordinator for Express Media.  Jes was an Oustanding LGBTQIA+ Short Stories Award recipient in 2018.

Jes will be reading at First Chapters on Friday 5 April from her short story Chemical Expressions which will be featured in Underdog #LOVEOzYA Short Stories.
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? A short piece with quite a bit of science stuffed inside. Specifically, something where emotion and science mix. 2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write? I mostly write speculative fiction in contemporary settings with a sprinkling of complicated platonic and family relationships—my main interest is always; how can I make t…

Fundraising for Movimento Letras

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At the end of last year we wrapped many a book for Brunswickian Christmases.  We had great fun doing it and are so grateful to everyone who donated, by way of thanks, to Movimento Letras.
Movimento Letras is an independent literary movement, founded in Dili, that promotes literacy and provides spaces for people to connect and share stories.

Here is a note from them
"Movimento Letras is an independent literary movement founded in 2017 by a small group of Timorese activists, whose aim is to create a vibrant literary culture in Dili, Timor-Leste.

We have a small library and weekly we occupy a public garden that is open to anyone who wishes to participate.  In the library there are many books and materials that are not available elsewhere through public and private institutions, all of which have been donated.  The space is also used for workshops including zine making, teen and adult reading clubs plus presentations and guest talks.

Your contribution through Brunswick Bound wil…

First Chapters Q&A with Lee Kofman

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Lee Kofman is a Russian born,  Israeli-Australian novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist and former academic. Her work has been widely published in Australia, USA, Canada, Israel, UK and Scotland.  Lee holds a PhD in Social Sciences and an MA in Creative Writing, and is a mentor and teacher of writing.
Lee will be reading from her new book Imperfect at First Chapters on Friday 1 March.

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 to read the opening scene of the book, where a new lover discovers my scars. This passage encapsulates some of the lifelong shame and anxiety I’ve felt about my body and how these have impacted my life and my sense of self.
2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
I’ve written books in two languages (and therefore in very different voices), and in a variety of genres – short fiction, novels, a memoir and creative nonfiction. But th…

First Chapters Q&A with Alice Robinson

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Alice Robinson has had fiction, essays and review published widely in literary journals including Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Overland, TEXT, Firefles, Arena and Meanjin.  Her debut novel Anchor Point was longlisted for The Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, where she was award the Vice Chancellor's Award for Research and Research Training. Alice lives in Warragul with her family.
She will be reading at First Chapters on Friday 1 March from her novelThe Glad Shout.
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 protagonist of The Glad Shout, Isobel, and her three year-old daughter, Matilda, have been evacuated to a big sports stadium in Melbourne following the destruction of their home, in the wake of a catastrophic storm. I will be reading from …