Julie Koh (Sydney)

Koh, Julie flipped smlJulie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities, which was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Portable Curiosities was one of the Guardian’s Best Australian Books of 2016, an Australian Book Review 2016 Book of the Year, a Sydney Morning Herald Daily Life feminist reading pick of 2016, and a Feminist Writers Festival Best Feminist Book of 2016.

Julie’s short stories have appeared in the Best Australian Stories in 2014 to 2017, and Best Australian Comedy Writing in 2016. She is a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist, a 2018 Stella Prize judge, and a founding member of experimental literary collective Kanganoulipo.

She is also the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard, and is currently writing the libretto for the satirical opera Chop Chef.


Julie Koh will speak about her career transition from corporate lawyer to published author, and her experiences as an Asian Australian writer of experimental, often satirical, literary fiction. She will read from her short-story collection, Portable Curiosities, and outline the rationale and editorial process informing BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016, an anthology of the best short fiction from cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora. Julie’s talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

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