In their collections 'The Returning' and 'Playing Dead', Mihaela Nicolescu and Nadine Browne illuminate the complexity of the everyday with compassionate but unflinching accounts of the ways in which people gain, lose or reclaim control of their lives.
Mihaela Nicolescu was born in Romania, brought up in Sweden, and then spent 13 years in London, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. She now lives in Perth, WA. Mihaela's short stories have been published in Mslexia, The Mechanics Institute Review, Aesthetica Magazine and The New Writer, and her plays have been produced by Parrabbola and Total Beast Theatre, and as part of London's Off Cut Festival. She was guest editor for three issues of the World Arts Platform publication Write from the Heart, celebrating the work of writers who use English as a second language. Nadine Browne was raised as a born-again Christian and wound up an agnostic studying theology at Monash University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Westerly and Antipodes. She has also been featured on ABC's Conversations with Richard Fidler, and has appeared on The Moth (Los Angeles) and Porchlight (San Francisco). In her spare time she attends and facilitates a group at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre in the Perth hills.