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Not Funny Strange
Code: 38  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction
Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Charlotte Wood, Chris Flynn, P.A. O’Reilly, Angela Meyer (facilitator)
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Humour seems to have taken a back seat in Australian literary fiction of recent years. But we found three recent books that make us wonder if humour is making a comeback. Chris Flynn’s A Tiger in Eden, P.A. O’Reilly’s The Fine Colour of Rust and Charlotte Wood’s Animal People all make use of the wry to either contrast or even to laugh out loud. They talk to Angela Meyer about how they do it.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood's first novel, Pieces of a Girl, was published in 1999 and won the 1998 Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished manuscript. Both this and her second novel, The Submerged Cathedral, were highly praised by reviewers and award judges; the latter was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and Pacific. Her third novel, The Children, received rave reviews and was a bestseller, selling over 10,000 copies in trade paperback. Charlotte lives in Sydney.

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P.A. O’Reilly (Australian)

Paddy O'Reilly’s award-winning fiction has been published and broadcast widely both in Australia and internationally. Stories from The End of the World won prizes including The Age short story award, and her debut novel, The Factory was broadcast on ABC Radio National in 2009. Her second novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, is published this year in the UK, US and Australia.

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Angela Meyer (Australian)

Angela Meyer's short stories, articles and reviews have been published widely, including in Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, Crikey, Southerly, The Big Issue, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian. She is a former acting editor of Bookseller+Publisher and runs a popular blog, LiteraryMinded, featuring book reviews and author interviews. She is based in Melbourne and is working on a novel as part of a doctorate of creative arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

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Chris Flynn (Australian)

Chris Flynn is books editor at The Big Issue and fiction consultant at Australian Book Review. The former publisher of Torpedo magazine, he writes for The Age, The Australian, Paris Review and ABC Radio National, and is editing a forthcoming issue of McSweeney’s partly devoted to Indigenous Australian fiction. Chris grew up Belfast and lives in Melbourne, and was once a sumo-wrestling referee in a travelling fair. A Tiger in Eden is his first novel.

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