Striking new voice
In the short space of a dozen-or-so years author Meg Mundell has had more occupations than most people could aspire to in a long lifetime - journalist, researcher, university lecturer, magazine editor, travel writer, ommunications consultant, social justice advocate, policy advisor, nightclub DJ, even - for a brief period - a ventriloquist’s assistant!
Her debut novel, Black Glass, released earlier this year, won the 2007 D.J. (Dinny) O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship, was shortlisted for the 2010 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize, and won lavish praise from the critics who hailed it as “a superb novel which marks the arrival of a striking new voice… a brilliant debut”.
Meg has been published widely in Australian newspapers, journals and magazines, including The Age, The Monthly, Meanjin and The Big Issue. Her next book, Breaking Distance, a work of non-fiction “currently under construction” and due out in 2012 is the result of a three month solo trip across Australia collecting personal stories from long haul truck drivers.
“I wanted to inhabit the world of tough talking men who spend their lives on remote highways with just the sound of a diesel engine for company,” she says.
Brisbane 4BC presenter, Alexandria Bernard, will talk with this remarkable young author on Black Glass and Braking Distance and the many career paths that have led to her being hailed as a “striking new voice.”
Wednesday June 22
$20 general admission
The J Foyer
Duration 1.5 hours
Lexus of Maroochydore
The 'J', Noosa Junction
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