Mirren is a recent Honours graduate in Literary Studies from Monash University and majored in Indonesian language, literary studies and music composition. She has spent much of her time this year pursuing independent research in the realms of publishing studies, digital humanities and literary sociology; and recently presented at the Electronic Literature Organisation 2022 conference (ELO22) in May/June this year. Her paper discussed BookTok’s affect-driven and post-critical book review culture. Outside of academic research, she is also a violin teacher for an El Sistema program based in Laverton and loves to play Scrabble. You can find Mirren’s nascent BookTok account under the TikTok handle: @geraldine_thebookwench.
Recent Small Press News
In conversation with BOTY shortlisted editors Leah Jing McIntosh and Adolfo Aranjuez
Against Disappearance: Essays on Memory (Pantera Press) is exactly the kind of invigorating non-fiction that small, risk-taking publications like Liminal, excel at. It is a physically beautiful collection, presented with an understated sophistication that reflects those same qualities in the works. Edited by Leah Jing McIntosh and Adolofo Aranjuez, this collection brings together writers from across […]December 2023
In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author Nornie Bero
Mabu Mabu (Hardie Grant Books) is an intricately crafted cookbook that melds together a perfect balance of memoir and recipe. In between stunning graphics and mouth-watering recipes, Nornie Bero recounts how her upbringing fostered a love for food and explores the deep connection between culture, identity and food. —BOTY 2023 judging panel We were lucky enough […]
In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author Andrew Sutherland
Paradise (Point of Transmission) (Fremantle Press) is beautifully layered collection of poems that explores the realities of a HIV diagnosis on home, community and freedom. It complex but inviting, an act of generosity and transformation. In his first poetry collection Andrew Sutherland simultaneously captures the stigma of a HIV-positive identity and the deep love of Queer community. […]