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 novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel, a satire of gay aspirations, The Pillars, will be out in 2019.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is the founder of The Lifted Brow, a literary magazine, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University. His first novel The Adversary will be published in 2020.