Trick of the Light was a finalist in the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards.

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A complex emotional intimacy is present in all of Elvery’s stories, but it’s her inventive characters meeting original circumstances that makes Trick of the Light that rare thing: a page-turning short fiction collection.

The Saturday Paper

Radiant, accomplished and exquisitely written, this is an outstanding collection.

Ryan O'Neill

Trick of the Light is at times haunting and poetic, other times bright and sharp, and always memorable and hopeful … This thoroughly profound, bold and playful debut pulled me along and pulled me apart.

Brooke Davis

Elvery has a talent for portraying the minutiae of characters’ lives and then suddenly stripping the banal away, so that we are left staring at the bare bones of a life […] Elvery’s debut reads like a triumph of excavation – a collection in which dark matter is exposed and subsequently transformed […] An intriguing and powerful new writer.


About Laura

Laura Elvery’s work has been published in Meanjin, Overland, The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Griffith Review. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Fair Australia Prize for Fiction.

Laura has a PhD in Creative Writing. She also has two small children. She lives in Brisbane.