Unflinching, raw, honest. Hear from three of the hottest new voices on the contemporary literature scene, Nadine J. Cohen, Elise Esther Hearst and Jonathan Seidler, in conversation with Elissa Goldstein. They will be discussing their latest novels, books which don’t shy away from the beauty and the heartache of the human condition.


Elise Esther Hearst

Elise Esther Hearst is an award-winning Melbourne-based playwright, author and performer, working and living on Boon Wurrung country. Her debut novel, One Day We’re All Going to Die, was published by Harper Collins in 2023 and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award 2024. Her second novel will be published in 2025….

Nadine Cohen

Nadine J. Cohen is a Sydney-based writer working across media, screen, and literature with bylines in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, SMH/Age, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. Her debut novel, Everyone and Everything, was released in 2023 to critical acclaim, nominated for two Australian Book industry Awards and named Booktopia’s debut release of the year….

Jonathan Seidler

Jonathan Seidler is an author, creative director and music critic. His work is published frequently in The Guardian, The Age and The Australian. Jonathan launched two nationally syndicated fiction series for Broadsheet and edited an Unyoked nature writing anthology. His memoir, It’s A Shame About Ray, was adapted for an immersive live performance for SWF…

Elissa Goldstein

Elissa Goldstein is a writer, editor and collector of library memberships (her most recent acquisition is a Library of Congress researcher card). She has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and previously worked at the ABC and Tablet. She is currently a digital producer at The Age.