Emily Bitto’s debut novel, The Strays, was written as part of a PhD in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. It was shortlisted for the VPLA Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2013, and the published novel went on to win the 2015 Stella Prize. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was published by Allen and Unwin in September 2021. Emily has been teaching for over a decade, and is currently a tutor and program advisor at the Faber Writing Academy. She is also co-owner of Melbourne wine bars Heartattack and Vine and Shabooh Shoobah.