57 | Experiments in form with Yumna Kassab, author of 'Australiana'


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In her exploration of life in rural Australia, author Yumna Kassab draws on horror, crime and gothic inspiration to craft a thematically linked experiment in form and style. She speaks to us about her own experiences of rural life and how her science background has influenced her experimental approach to writing. Plus, James pitches her writing on the Pilliga as Australia's answer to The Blair Witch Project.

Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Stella Prize. You can buy a copy of 'Australiana' from your local bookshop, Booktopia or wherever else books are sold.

Books and authors discussed in this episode:

  • Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au;
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard;
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago;
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez;
  • Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann;
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez
  • Divorce Is in the Air by Gonzalo Torne;
  • Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler;
  • Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke

Find out more about Denizen here and check back for event details leading up to its release on July 19 2022!

Join Ashley for Put Them on the Edge of Their Seat, a workshop on crafting narrative tension. Saturday 11 June, 1-4pm in person at KSP Writers’ Centre, Perth.

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