Author(s): Sally Breen
"Three things happened at the dawn of the 1990s that would change everything about how we had lived before. We graduated high school, Microsoft shipped Windows 3.0 and America started the Gulf War. We became adults in the 1990s. The start of the world gone mega. Gone global. Gone mad. We became The Casuals and this is our story." The Casuals is the story of the life and times of one young woman's journey through the last two decades of the 20th century; from her pop-fuelled adolescence in the 1980s to a full-blown grunge ride in the 1990s. Sally Breen takes up the mantle of her generation, the casuals, and gives them voice. A charged and heady exploration of sex, drugs and pop culture, The Casuals is also a meditation on loss, death and grief, as the author struggles to reconcile her place in a chaotic world after the loss of her father.
Born in 1974, Sally grew up and still lives on the Gold Coast. Now Lecturer in Writing and Publishing at Griffith University (where she also gained her doctorate),she has worked in the university sector in creative writing and the broader creative arts community for over ten years. She was associate editor of the Griffith REVIEW from 2006 to 2008, and her fiction and non-fiction work have appeared in a variety of publications and collections, including The Australian, The Age, the Courier Mail, Wet Ink, Best Stories Under the Sun, Griffith REVIEW, Travellers Tales, Media International Australia, Philament and Best Australian Stories 2007.