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'Sean Williams is a South Australian author who has published more than 50 books and well over 100 short stories for adults, young adults and children. Most of his work is science fiction or fantasy, and he has created several series, including Twinmaker (3 volumes) and The Books of the Change (10 volumes). He often co-authors with writers such as Garth Nix and Shane Dix. Sean is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar and Aurealis Awards for science fiction and has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.
'I got to know Sean when he joined the staff of the English and Creative Writing department at Flinders University in 2019. I was intrigued to hear about Impossible Music (2019), a novel about a young musician who suddenly loses his hearing, and I read it with great enjoyment as soon as I could get my hands on it. When I heard him say in a public conversation that he read Jane Austen for inspiration when writing a realist novel (a new genre for him) I approached him and suggested we talk. I hurriedly read a very small fraction of his other output – the first novels in the Twinmaker and Change series, and Magic Dirt, a book of short stories – in preparation, and we met in his office in December 2019.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Writers in Conversation vol. 7 no. 1 February 2020 18660847 2020 periodical issue

    'The February 2020 issue of Writers in Conversation includes six new conversations, including two with Dalit authors from West Bengal (Shyamal Kumar Pramanik) and Maharashtra (Urmila Pawar), one with Abhay K., an Indian poet and diplomat, one with best-selling Australian science fiction writer Sean Williams, one with veteran Australian literary scholar Joost Daalder, and one between two colleagues discussing the great Indian poet and short-story writer Kamala Das.

    'We also include a 1994 interview with Malaysian poet, critic and scholar Shirley Geok-lin Lim drawn from the archives of the Centre for Research into New Literatures in English.' (

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