Books + Publishing, “Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry” has reported on the news of the Dorothy Hewett Award shortlist announcement. UWA Publishing, in partnership with The Copyright Agency, presents this annual award for an unpublished manuscript. Brendan Ritchie’s novel Eta Draconis is on the shortlist, and the winner will be announced soon.
Life on earth undergoes a complex change as meteorites begin to rain down from the dying star Eta Draconis. The world does not collapse, but old certainties disappear and a new mood falls over human societies. A road narrative set in Western Australia’s southwest, Eta Draconis follows two sisters as they survive in these complicated times. A poetic and compelling novel for the COVID moment.
The winner will receive $10,000 prize money, as well as manuscript development and a publishing contract with UWAP. Previous recipients include the inaugural winner, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson, which went on to win the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Classic dystopian novels like 1984 and Tomorrow When the War Began still appear to be popular choices in the classroom. In many respects, we’re living in a dystopian world right now. People are sick, isolating, wearing masks in supermarkets. And not long before this, half of the country was on fire. It’s all pretty terrifying. Young people could probably do with more tools to make sense of the world around them. Dystopian fiction has always offered a safe place to explore our fears about the present and future.
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) have released their new publication, Beyond the Dark.
Dystopian texts represent worlds that are both strange and strangely familiar. Appearing at a time of climate crisis and pandemic, this publication is intended as a guide for English teachers as they develop learning sequences for their students that ask them to investigate worlds both imaginary and real.
This book features a chapter by Brendan titled “Imaginative writing – building dystopian worlds”. You can find out more, as well as purchase a copy, on the AATE website.
Head to the Civic Square in Booragoon on the 18th of November for the exciting new Merge Festival. Brendan will be speaking at a session called On the Couch – Conversations with Authors (Adult Fiction), alongside fellow author Mihaela Nicolescu, facilitated by Jane Fraser, CEO of Fremantle Press.
This session is on at 4pm at the Civic Centre Reception Hall. Book signings available, with your ticket price (just $10) redeemable on book purchases at the event.
Brendan will be at Dymocks Joondalup on Tuesday the 7th of November for their November YA Book Club.
Starting at 5:45pm with free admission, Brendan will be answering questions about his books and writing experiences. He will also be signing copies of his novels Carousel and Beyond Carousel, which will be available for purchase on the night.