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City Program

Let Me Be Brief: Paige Clark and Chloe Wilson

Sat 4 Sep, 12pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

In dissolving the limits of imagination, surreal storytelling offers fertile ground to satirise and challenge the norms, mores and absurdities of everyday life. Two of Australia’s most original new voices, Paige Clark and Chloe Wilson, speak with Veronica Sullivan about their short story collections bound by fantastical and unsettling elements. Clark’s She Is Haunted takes topics like transnational Asian identity and the politics of food into strange, sometimes uneasy places, drawing comparisons to Carmen Maria Machado. Wilson’s suavely humorous Hold Your Fire portrays destructive women, awful men and embarrassing bodies, calling moral truths into question.


1 hour


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Paige Clark is a Chinese-American-Australian writer, researcher and teacher. Her fiction has appeared in Meanjin, and, in 2019, she was runner-up for the Peter Carey Short Story Award and shortlisted for the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award. She Is Haunted is her first book.

Veronica Sullivan is the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. She co-founded and co-hosted Sisteria, a podcast about women and non-binary creatives’ experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture.

Chloe Wilson is the author of the short story collection Hold Your Fire, and the poetry collections The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe. Her stories have appeared in Granta and The Iowa Review, and she has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Melbourne.

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