Festival Program


Short Stories, Big Impacts

Sun 8 Sep, 1pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

Three writers working deep in the short story genre discuss the peaks, privileges and pains of utilising short form fiction to tell a story. Featuring Jennifer Down, Laura Elvery and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation with Veronica Sullivan.


1 hour

Available on Pass


Session Artists

Jennifer Down is the author of Our Magic Hour and short story collection Pulse Points, which received the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year consecutively in 2017 and 2018.

Laura Elvery is the author of the short story collection, Trick of the Light (UQP, 2018). She has won the Josephine Ulrick, Margaret River, Neilma Sidney and Fair Australia short story prizes, and has written for Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review and The Big Issue fiction edition. She lives in Brisbane.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel, Kintu, won the Kwani-Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’, won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her collection of short stories, Manchester Happened, comes out in May 2019. A recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She lectures at Manchester Metropolitan university.

Veronica Sullivan is the programming manager at The Wheeler Centre. She co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture, and is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.

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