Writers respond to the challenges of 2020

August 18, 2020

Over the next few weeks, with support from the Copyright Agency’s Emergency Action Funding, Guardian Australia will publish Fire, Flood and Plague, a series of personal essays from Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020.

So far the Guardian has unveiled new writing by Melissa Lucashenko, Christos Tsiolkas, Gabrielle Chan, James Bradley, Melanie Cheng, Nyadol Nyuon, Jane Rawson and Omar Sakr. They will be joined by Kirsten Tranter, Delia Falconer, Tim Flannery and others.

These essays will be published in Penguin Random House’s forthcoming anthology, Fire, Flood and Plague (edited by Sophie Cunningham), available on 1 December. It will be “a vital cultural record of extraordinary times”, with contributors examining 2020 through the lens of racism, travel, grief, fear and other far-reaching subjects.

You can find the growing collection of Fire, Flood and Plague essays on Guardian Australia’s website, with new additions every few days.

Alongside this is a new weekly review series focusing on new Australian books. These reviews are supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, through the latest round of grants brought forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about Emergency Action Funding and other available grants and fellowships, check out the information from the Cultural Fund.

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