In Conversation: Speculative Fiction

Free Public Lecture

In Conversation: Speculative Fiction

Leigh Scott Room, Level 1
Baillieu Library

Parkville campus

Booking not required

Join host Louise Swinn and authors Michelle Goldsmith, Narrelle Harris, Kirstyn McDermott and Jason Nahrung for a discussion of the speculative fiction genre and the evolution of early gothic literature into its contemporary form. Speculative fiction includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, science fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction as well as their combinations.

The panel will discuss trends occuring in the genre now, such as the proliferation of dystopian fiction inspired by the success of filmic interpretations of novels such as The Handmaid's Tale, along with the uniqueness of Australian speculative fiction and the importance of small press and the author network in the community.

Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize. Michelle Goldsmith, Narrelle Harris, Kirstyn McDermott and Jason Nahrung are celebrated, award-winning authors of novels and short fiction in the speculative fiction genre.

In Conversation: Speculative Fiction is a free public program accompanying the Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder exhibition, currently on show in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Level 1, Baillieu Library. The exhibition continues until 31 July 2018.

PresentersMs Louise Swinn

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