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Past, Present & Future: Bending Genres

22 October 2023 | 12:30 pm - 1 June 2024 | 1:25 pm

Past, Present & Future

The Conference was both a live and online event with in-person sessions livestreamed to a virtual audience. All recordings of in-person plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your access ticket. There is no option to buy recordings of individual sessions.



Does time run in a straight line? Is history needed to give context to a futuristic novel? Can traditional cultures be highlighted through melding speculative and historical fiction together? What limits should be placed on a genre when encompassing past, present and future? All these questions and more will be explored by Ally Burnham with authors Gina Cole, Jennifer Mills and Kate Mildenhall.


About Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award and her bestselling The Mother Fault was longlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the 2020 Aurealis Awards. Kate teaches creative writing and co-hosts The First Time podcast – which features conversations with Australian writers – and is currently undertaking a PhD in creative practice at RMIT University. Kate lives in Hurstbridge on Wurundjeri lands, with her partner and two children. The Hummingbird Effect is her third novel.

About Gina Cole

Gina Cole is a Fijian/Pākehā, queer writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand. Her short story collection Black Ice Matter won Best First Book Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her short fiction, flash fiction, poetry and essays have been widely anthologized and published. Gina graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1991, a Master of Jurisprudence in 1995, a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Hons) in 2014 and a PhD in Philosophy from Massey University in 2021. Her science fiction fantasy novel Na Viro (2022) is a work of Pasifikafuturism.

About Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills is an author, editor and critic based on Kaurna Yerta (Adelaide). Her latest novel is The Airways.

About Ally Burnham

Ally Burnham is an AWGIE winning screenwriter and novelist, with credits across TV, animation, comics and games. She is best known for her feature film Unsound (2020, Netflix), nominated for Best Original Feature at the 2020 AWGIE awards and Best Indie Feature at the 2020 AACTA awards. A NIDA graduate (2016, Masters Writing for Performance), she is also the Creative Producer at Westwords. She hosts the weekly writers’ podcast Prose and Cons, and when there is time, she also teaches at NIDA Open, course designing and training school-aged and adult students in screenwriting for film and television.

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22 October 2023 | 12:30 pm
1 June 2024 | 1:25 pm
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