Some of Australia’s most exciting short story writers talk to Margo Lanagan about what it takes to tackle the beast that is short fiction. You’ll hear from bold new talent Julie Koh on her debut Portable Curiosities, Isabelle Li on her exquisite, finely-tuned collection A Chinese Affair, award-winning author Sue Woolfe on her new collection Do You Love Me or What?, and Laura Elizabeth Woollett on her, at times, horrifying yet beautiful exploration of love in The Love of a Bad Man

Sue Woolfe (Australian)

Sue Woolfe is an acclaimed novelist and teacher of the creative thinking that stories depend on. Her fiction includes Do You Love Me or What?, The Oldest Song in the World, The Secret Cure, Leaning Towards Infinity, Painted Woman. Her works for people interested in writing and learning how to write includes The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience, and with Kate Grenville, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written.

Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Australian)

Laura Elizabeth Woollett is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based writer. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides was published in 2014. In 2015, she appeared as one of Melbourne Writers Festival's 30 Under 30. Her short story collection The Love of a Bad Man was released in 2016, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premiers Literary Awards. She is currently working on her second novel, Beautiful Revolutionary, which will be published in 2018.