Kirsten Krauth is an author, arts journalist and editor who lives in Castlemaine. Her latest novel, Almost a Mirror, set around the 80s pop and post-punk music scene of Countdown and the Crystal Ballroom — the landscape of Nick Cave and the Birthday Party — was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and published in April 2020. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Monthly, Age/SMH and Overland. She’s inspired by photography, music, film, other writers — and is an 80s tragic. Her first novel is just_a_girl.