Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2015

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors.

Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.


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Stephanie Bishop, author of The Other Side of the World

Stephanie Bishop holds a PhD from Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in creative writing at the University of New South Wales. Her first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists.

You can read an extract from The Other Side of the World here.


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Annah Faulkner, author of Last Day in the Dynamite Factory

Annah Faulkner was born in Melbourne and grew up in New Guinea. Her years there during the 1950s and 1960s provide the background for Annha’s first novel, The Beloved. She now divides her time between Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and beautiful Tasmania.

You can read an extract from Last Day in the Dynamite Factory here.


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Eliza Henry-Jones, author of In the Quiet

Eliza Henry-Jones has qualifications in English, psychology and grief, loss and trauma counselling. She lives in the Dandenong Ranges with her husband and too many animals.

You can read an extract from In the Quiet here.


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Nic Low, author of Arms Race

Nic Low is a writer, installation artist and arts organiser of Ngai Tahu Maori and European descent. He divides his time between a hyper-social Melbourne sharehouse, and an anti-social bush retreat.

You can read an extract from Arms Race here.


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Abigail Ulman, author of Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman was born and raised in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne/VCA and was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

You can read an extract from Hot Little Hands here.


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Ellen van Neerven, author of Heat and Light

Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. She belongs to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim. She won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards.

You can read an extract from Heat and Light here.

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