Much acclaimed Brisbane writer Andrew McGahan – best-known for his award-winning novel Praise – passed away last February. Three writers tribute his work.
John Birmingham has published lots of books. So many that he sort of loses track of them. He wrote features for magazines in a decade before publishing He Died With A Falafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Bay Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun. His most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Girl in Time novels.
Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden, a musical and political history of Brisbane first published in 2004. Something To Believe In is his second book.
Hailing from honourable ancestors of the Birri-Gubba, Mununjali, Germanic and Gaelic peoples, Samuel Wagan Watson grew up in a family of accomplished authors, political players, entrepreneurs, academics, artists and raconteurs. His collection of poetry Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight won the 1999 David Unaipon prize for unpublished Indigenous writers. Since then he has written four more collections: Itinerant Blues; Hotel Bone; Smoke Encrypted Whispers, which won the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year and the Kenneth Slessor Prize; and The Curse Words. His work has been translated into seven languages, inspired various musical compositions, and been the subject of film and television productions and visual art projects. In 2018 Samuel was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. Love Poems and Death Threats won the 2016 Scanlon Award for Indigenous Poetry and was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.