"Work out what conditions you write best in", says Emily Bitto "say, early in the morning when no-one is emailing you, or in a noisy cafe in the middle of the day. You will save a lot of time and angst if you stop trying to work in conditions that aren't right for you".
Emily Bitto’s debut novel 'The Strays', was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, and has been published in the UK, the US, and Canada. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She has been a sessional lecturer, tutor and supervisor in literary studies and creative writing since 2007. Emily also co-owns and runs Carlton wine-bar, Heartattack and Vine.