Closing Down is about survival and the rituals that allow it; those that keep the fraying edges of life and society together, that stop a relationship disintegrating, that stave off insanity. In her début novel – which won the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers – Susan Abbott asks: how do you survive when your world is breaking into pieces? Abbott’s narrative alternates between C ... (read more)
Piri Eddy is an emerging writer, playwright, and musician. He is currently a creative writing PhD candidate at Flinders University where his research focuses on the grotesque in Australian fiction. His writing has appeared in Transnational Literature, Indaily, and Southern Write. In early 2016 his dramatic monologue Teeth was commissioned by ATYP and performed in Sydney as part of ATYP's production All Good Things.
The Sound begins with the memory of loss, of shorelines marked with blood, and the acrid stench of charred flesh – a massacre wrought by colonial men with guns. From the outset, death pervades this impressive first novel. ... (read more)