Author Talk: Monica Tan
In conversation with Bri Lee
What happens when a 32-year-old first generation Australian woman decides to chuck in a dream job, pack a sleeping bag and tent, and hit the long, dusty road for six months? Thirty-thousand kilometres later, Monica Tan had the answer. Stranger Country is the blow-by-blow account of the six months Monica drove and camped her way through some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and shared meals with miners, grey nomads, artists, farmers, community workers and small business owners from across the nation.
Monica Tan is the former deputy culture editor of Guardian Australia and co-host of the Token podcast. Stranger Country is her first book.
Bri Lee is a writer and editor whose work has been published in The Guardian, Griffith Review, the VICE network and elsewhere, and she regularly appears on ABC Radio. In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review's Queensland writing fellows. The product of that fellowship was her bestselling memoir Eggshell Skull (Allen & Unwin). She is the founding editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, which has published nonfiction about women and their work since 2015. She is qualified to practice law, but doesn't.