Celebrated for his dark realism in the tradition of the early works of Christos Tsiolkas and Luke Davies, Peter Polites has been hailed as an exciting new voice. His debut novel Down the Hume is unpretentious, spare and squarely placed in his native Western Sydney. Peter and Ronnie Scott discuss writing queer Western Sydney noir, the Greek migrant experience, and real and metaphorical borders.

Supported by Macquarie University. 

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. Peter writes and performs pieces all over Australia, and also writes performance texts for Urban Theatre Projects. His first novel Down the Hume was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. His second novel, The Pillars, is a dark satire of gay and ethnic aspirations.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is an essayist and critic. In 2007 he founded The Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine. He is a lecturer in creative writing at RMIT. The Adversary is his first novel.