Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people don’t expect to see it.’
Coleman’s revelatory 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, depicted an alternative Australia – a continent of either the distant past or the distant future – with an entire, brutal ‘future history’ constructed in meticulous detail. The novel received local and international critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
With Coleman’s new book, The Old Lie, she returns to themes of invasion, dispossession and apocalypse. Again, it’s a novel of startling and alarming twists. And again, it’s an outstanding contribution to the growing body of superb speculative fiction from Aboriginal authors, also including Alexis Wright and Ellen van Neerven.
For this conversation, Coleman will be joined by Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. The pair will discuss craft, creativity and Indigenous imaginations. Does speculative fiction have in-built critical mechanisms that especially serve Indigenous authors?
Presented in partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Aesop’s Attic will be our bookseller for this event.