Two debut authors and 2021 literary award contenders, Kavita Bedford and Aimee Wall, present their remarkable first novels in conversation with Stacey May Fowles. Australian-Indian writer Bedford introduces Friends and Dark Shapes, shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. The story chronicles a group of housemates in Sydney contending with gentrification, divisive politics, stalled careers and the evolving world of dating. Canadian writer Wall presents We, Jane, longlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The book follows the story of two dutiful care workers on a quest to protect and provide essential abortion services in a small Newfoundland town, and underscores the complexity of relationships in close circles and the inevitable heartache of home.