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ZZ Packer—Drinking Coffee Elsewhere


a radio interview produced by Michael Shirrefs

The moving voice of American short-story writer ZZ Packer, whose understated observations of human nature have the power to get under a reader’s radar.


Packer’s stories, in her collection titled Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, are set across a range of black communities in the US. Yet these stories defy colour, race, religion and gender, stripping away layers until what’s left are small, fragile human moments that are jarringly familiar and poignantly slight.

Listen to the interview here …

Books & Writing - ZZ Packer -

Further Information


Title—Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

Author—ZZ Packer

Publisher—Text Publishing, 2004




Guest—ZZ Packer

Presenter/Interviewer—Michael Shirrefs




© 2005 Michael Shirrefs & ABC RN

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