After Australia


Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, twelve Indigenous writers and writers of colour provide a glimpse of Australia as we head toward the year 2050. Editor Michael Mohammed Ahmad speaks to Zoya Patel and Michelle Law about their contributions and visions for an alternative Australia.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian writer, editor and community arts worker. He is the founding director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. In 2012, he received the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in community cultural development. His debut novel, The Tribe, won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs, received the 2019 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award.

Zoya Patel is a writer and editor, who has been vocal on issues relating to feminism and multiculturalism since she was a teenager. Zoya is the former editor of Lip Magazine and is the founder and director of Feminartsy. No Country Woman is her debut book. In 2014, Zoya was awarded an Edna Ryan award for her work in raising the profile of women’s voices in the media, and in 2015 she was ACT’s Young Woman of the Year. Zoya is a successful communications professional, working primarily in charities, where she has held senior roles for the past four years.

Michelle Law is a writer and actor based in the Eora Nation (Sydney), and writes for print, theatre and screen. Michelle wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female and is the co-creator, co-writer and co-lead of the award-winning SBS series Homecoming Queens. Michelle has been published in numerous Australian books, literary journals and magazines, and is developing several new stage works.

  • After Australia is available in print and as an eBook.
  • The Tribe is available in print and as an eBook.
  • The Lebs is available in print.
  • No Country Woman is available in print.
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  • Sunday, 22 November 2020 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM


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