Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
As ANZAC ceremony numbers attest, stories of service are among Australia’s most important narratives. This session brings together two novelists who have recently published books about the Second World War.
Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans, which has sold more than 10 million copies world-wide. Her next book was Mao: The Unknown Story. Here she discusses her latest, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Griffith Review editors Lloyd Jones and Julianne Schultz invited a wild mix of New Zealanders to write about that place over the ditch. Join four writers and editors for a conversation about the complexities of the contemporary Kiwi.
Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore are two of England’s most acclaimed novelists who have written about the intricacies and intimacies of the family, and friendships in peace and wartime. Both writers are also well known for writing in other genres.
Join book reviewers Kerryn Goldsworthy and Jennifer Mills along with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow – all of whom happen to be writers – as they discuss the perils of book reviewing and being reviewed here in Australia.
Journey into the dark heart of the family with two novelists. In Vann’s Goat Mountain a boy goes hunting with his father and grandfather and catastrophe unfolds. In Wilson’s Ballistics, a young man is sent out to find a father he has never known.
David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World, Remembering Babylon and his autobiographical classic, 13 Edmondstone Street. He speaks with Mike Ladd about his new collection of poetry, Earth Hour.