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Eugen Bacon: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Eugen Bacon

Author Eugen Bacon, an African Australian woman with short hair, she looks at the camera with a calm and serious face

Eugen Bacon's Clamour and Mischief story is called "Sleuthing for a Cause" and here Eugen shares her favourite bit about writing it, and reads from her tale, too!

What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story? 

How birds do it. A tail feather actually moves.

What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour and Mischief

Concocting the kind of 'maladies' that an erratic witchdoctor might cure, and what that cure might entail.  

Which is your favourite corvid and why? 

I never imagined I had one (I might have imagined it was the weaver bird, native where I grew up), until I discovered Ja, the raven. 

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Read all the Q&As with our Clamour and Mischief authors.

Eugen Bacon is an African Australian author of several novels and fiction collections, and lives in Melbourne. Her recent books Ivory’s Story, Danged Black Thing and Saving Shadows are finalists in the British Science Fiction Association Awards. Eugen was announced in the honour list of the 2022 Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction.’
She has won, been longlisted or commended in international awards, including the Aurealis Award, Foreword Indies, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant, Otherwise, Rhysling, Australian Shadows, Ditmar Awards and Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans.
Eugen’s creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, Fantasy, Fantasy & Science Fiction and Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction. New books: Mage of Fools (novel), Chasing Whispers (collection) and An Earnest Blackness (collection). Visit her website at and Twitter feed at @EugenBacon.

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