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 from Western Sydney. He has written two queer noirs, Down the Hume and The Pillars, which won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award. He’s also won the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literature Prize for Fiction. In 2021 he will be a writer in residence at UNSW Canberra and working on his third novel, God Forgets About the Poor.