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UNSWriting Series 2019: Myth, Memory and Imagination: Women Writing Non-Fiction

How is the recent wave of non-fiction written by women pushing the limits of the form? It is well known that in the area of non-fiction writing, women’s work is underrepresented. But a new generation of writers is pushing back, creating greater diversity in the non-fictional landscape. This series explores the ways in which women are reinventing the genre of non-fiction on their own terms, through the form of the memoir, the lyric essay, nature writing, history and biography – rearticulating the ways in which the personal and the political overlap in the contemporary moment.

Director of UNSWriting

Dr Stephanie Bishop
Contact // stephanie.bishop@unsw.edu.au

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16 July, 2019 | Fiona Wright and Jessica Friedmann

Fiona Wright and Jessica Friedmann

The New Essay: Illness, Place and Reinvention

Tuesday 16 July, 2019
Io Myers Studio, E8 Theatres, UNSW Sydney

Fiona Wright and Jessica Friedmann are two of our most celebrated new wave essayists. Their work fuses traditional aspects of memoir with critical investigations associated with the essay. In their books, they explore the experience of illness, recovery, the meaning of making art, and the feeling of foreignness associated with one’s own body.

Wright’s collection of essays Small Acts of Disappearance is a compelling account of her experience of living with an eating disorder that escalates to life-threatening anorexia. Her writing is a combination of memoir and literary observations; detailed, humorous and hauntingly honest. Similarly in Things That Helped, Friedmann navigates us as readers through the experience of post-partum depression after the birth of her son. Powerful and moving, her writing touches on race, gender and sexuality as well as motherhood and depression.

This talk will explore the common themes in their writing and ask how Wright and Friedmann are reinventing these nonfictional forms. In what ways is contemporary memoir evolving? And how does the writing of memoir result in a new kind of essay?


24 July, 2019 | Stephanie Bishop and Michelle de Kretser

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SAM Seminar: Writers on the Craft of Writing

Wednesday 24 July, 2019
G17, Robert Webster Building, UNSW Sydney

As part of the SAM Seminar Series, Stephanie Bishop and Michelle de Kretser will be talking to each other about the craft of writing, with special reference to their most recent novels, Man Out of Time and The Life to Come. This free-wheeling conversation about writers’ practice will range over subjects such as reading, revision, the creation of interiority, the crafting of sentences and narrative time.

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28 March, 2019 | Panel: Writing Contemporary Australia

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Writing Contemporary Australia:
Michelle de Kretser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa

Thursday 28 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

Australia is changing more rapidly than politicians and public discourses can keep up with. However within the worlding of fiction, writers are able to explore and navigate the currents of everyday life as it plays out around us. Migration and movement across worlds is a common experience although it unfolds differently for different people.

How does fiction enable us to understand the world we live in? What forms of belonging does it explore?

A panel with writers Michelle de Kretser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa.

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21 March, 2019 | Masterclass: The Art of the Sentence with Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser

The Art of the Sentence:
A Masterclass with Michelle de Kretser

Thursday 21 March, 1pm
Webster Room 332, UNSW Sydney

Sentence after sentence after sentence … is how a book is built. All prose writers, from the most acclaimed to the newest, work with sentences. In this workshop, we’ll discuss examples of good sentences and those that require more work. We’ll consider word choices and syntax, and look at sentences that work hard. Writing exercises will help you come up with stronger, livelier sentences.

This workshop will be best suited to emerging writers who want to take their prose to the next level. Participants are asked to bring a print out of 500 words of their own prose to the masterclass as well as a pen and paper.

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. She went to university in Melbourne and Paris, and is an honorary associate of the English Department at the University of Sydney. Michelle’s fiction has won numerous awards, including the Miles Franklin. Her longform essay On Shirley Hazzard will be published in October 2019. Michelle is currently the UNSW Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence in the School of the Arts and Media.

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15 March, 2019 | ASAL 2019 Mini-Conference: The Writers Panel

Writers Panel

ASAL Mini-Conference: The Writers Panel

Friday 15 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

The Writers Panel features features a number of distinguished writers including Anna Couani, Evelyn Araluen, Angelo Louakis, and Ellen van Neerven who will read from the work of Antigone Kefala and from their own work.

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14 March, 2019 | ASAL 2019 Mini Conference: Brian Castro Patrons Lecture

Brian Castro

Brian Castro Patrons Lecture:
Detours and Divagations: Consciousness, Otherness and Hospitality

Thursday 14 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

Winner of the Prime Minster's Literary Prize, Brian Castro, will deliver the 2019 ASAL Patrons Lecture: Detours and Divagations: Consciousness, Otherness and Hospitality.

Brian Castro was educated at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australian, French and Hong Kong universities as a teacher and writer. He is the author of eleven novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture. His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Australian/Vogel literary award, the Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, four Victorian Premier's awards, two NSW Premier's awards and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction, and he is the recipient of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry. He has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences in Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Hong Kong and Kyoto, as well as in Wagga Wagga (for the 2013 ASAL annual conference). He has been a Literature Board member on the Australia Council. For many years he was the literary reviewer for Asiaweek magazine. In 2005 he held the position of Macgeorge Fellow, and in 2007-8 he was the Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing, both at the University of Melbourne. He is currently Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the management committee of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, a centre for cross-disciplinary linkages and research into creativity.

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14-16 March, 2019 | ASAL 2019 Mini-Conference: New Australian Modernities

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New Australian Modernities:
Antigone Kefala and Australian Migrant Aesthetics ASAL 2019 mini-conference

14 - 16 March
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

This symposium works from the premise that a key Australian literary and aesthetic modernity begins at the mid-twentieth century with the arrival of refugees from the Displaced Persons camps of post-war Europe, and continues through the many subsequent waves of arrivals. This conference has three associated public events, including a Masterclass with keynote speaker Prof. Sneja Gunew, a Writers' Panel, and the 2019 Patron's Lecture delivered by Brian Castro. For more information, visit the event page here.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sneja Gunew (University of British Columbia)

Conference Convenors: Brigitta Olubas and Elizabeth McMahon

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6 March, 2019 | Writing War: Kassem Eid and Mohammed Hanif


Writing War: Kassem Eid and Mohammed Hanif

Wednesday 6 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

The UNSW Centre for Ideas & UNSWriting present Writing War with Kassem Eid and Mohammed Hanif, straight from Adelaide Festival Writers' Week.

The challenge of writing about war is to take stories and experiences that are almost beyond language and put them down on paper. Take part in an intimate evening showcasing recent work by two extraordinary writers, who will discuss how and why they grapple with writing about the harrowing reality of war.

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3 October, 2018 | Roanna Gonsalves, Paula Abood, Maryam Azam

Rewriting the Nation

Rewriting the Nation: Minority women authors make history

Roanna Gonsalves, Paula Abood, Maryam Azam in a conversation facilitated by journalist Kate Evans

Wednesday 3 October, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

Australian minority women writers have been inventively engaged in rewriting and revisioining the history and culture of the white nation to include perspectives that have been ignored or obscured. Meet authors Roanna Gonsalves, Paula Abood and Maryam Azam in a conversation facilitated by historian and ABC journalist Kate Evans (The Bookshelf) as they discuss the challenges they face and the courage they show in changing what counts as Australian history.

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18 September, 2018 | Michael Mohammad Ahmad and Omar Sakr

Race and Masculinity

Race and Masculinity: Michael Mohammad Ahmad in conversation with Omar Sakr

Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

How is masculinity shaped by class, race and sexuality? Michael Mohammad Ahmad's latest novel The Lebs is a frank exploration of these issues, at times excoriating and trenchant, at other times, tender, joyful and funny. This portrait of young, male muslims in the western suburbs tells us about many aspects of Australia - about young white women, about the multifaceted muslim community, about migration and belonging. Ahmed is interviewed by queer Arab poet and editor Omar Sakr as both talk about what their writing brings to the field of Australian literature and how it renovates the category of the white nation.

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7 September, 2018 | Sholeh Wolpé

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Sholeh Wolpé performs The Conference of the Birds

Friday 7 September, 7.00pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

Can literature save the world? According to celebrated 12th century Iranian Sufi mystic poet, Attar, it is not the world that needs saving, rather it is we who are in dire need of rescue—from the clutches of our own ego, that “cyclone of calamities.”

Sholeh Wolpé accompanied by musician Siavash Sadr on the santoor presents her poems and selections from her translation of The Conference of the Birds in an uplifting performance that moves the soul.

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2 August, 2018 | Behrouz Boochani | Book Launch

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Behrouz Boochani launches his book, 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison'

Thursday 2 August, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

This is a free event. Book now!

“I am disintegrated and dismembered, my decrepit past fragmented and scattered, no longer integral, unable to become whole once again. The total collection of scenes turned like pages of a short story, churned through with the speed of light. My god, prison is so horrific.”

Since 2013, writer, journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. This book is the result: an act of survival. A first-hand account. A creative cry of resistance.

Written by Boochani in Farsi and translated by Dr Omid Tofighian, No Friend But the Mountains is a vivid portrait of almost five years of incarceration.

Join Dr Tofighian, writer Janet Galbraith and translation consultant Moones Mansoubi, to hear them converse with Boochani himself via Whatsapp. Special guest Martine Antle will briefly speak on exile and art as part of this event.

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2 May, 2018 | Jenny Zhang

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Sydney Writers' Festival: In Conversation with Jenny Zhang

Thursday 3 May, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

Sydney Writers' Festival comes to UNSW for this in conversation event with New York based poet, writer and performer Jenny Zhang. Zhang’s recent short story collection Sour Hearts, explores an immigrant Chinese American community through the eyes of a series of young girls.

Jenny will be in conversation with comedian, television presenter, journalist and actor Alex Lee.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences are a proud major partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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24 April, 2018 | Ceridwen Dovey

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UNSWriting presents: Ceridwen Dovey in conversation with Michaela Kalowski

Tuesday 24 April, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney

“A spellbinding pas de deux of passion and obsession. Mesmerising and mind-expanding. I was transfixed.”
– Anna Funder

Award-winning author of Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey has created an unputdownable novel of obsession, guilt, and the power of the past to possess the present. In the Garden of the Fugitives is as brilliantly illuminating as it is surprising – delving into the obscure workings of guilt in the human psyche, the compulsion to create, and the dangerous morphing of desire into control. A breakthrough work of one of Australia’s most exciting emerging writers.

Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was published around the world, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and selected for the US National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 Under 35' honours list. The Wall Street Journal has named her as one of their 'artists to watch.' Her collection of short stories, Only the Animals, was described by the Guardian as a 'dazzling, imagined history of humans' relationship with animals', and won the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award.

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23 August, 2017 | Osamah Sami

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Race & Comedy: Osamah Sami in conversation with Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Wednesday 23 August, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio

'The fact that these events are true beggars belief ... We need someone in the world to be our yardstick, a benchmark by which we may assess our own gaffes and shortcomings. Osamah is our man’
Andrew Knight Award - ­winning screenwriter and creator of Sea Change

Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Tribe) in conversation with Osamah Sami about life since his book Good Muslim Boy.

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1 August, 2017 | Wong Souk Yee

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Political Thriller: Wong Souk Yee in conversation with Collin Chua

Tuesday 1 August, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio

Join us for a conversation with Wong Souk Yee, Singaporean dissident writer, political prisoner in 1987 and now author of the political thriller Death Of A Perm Sec.

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15 May, 2017 | Nicole Watson with Alison Whittaker


Aboriginal Crime Writing: Aboriginal novelist Nicole Watson interviewed by poet Alison Whittaker

Monday 15 May, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Nicole Watson is interviewed by Alison Whittaker on her first novel, The Boundary, and about writing Indigenous crime fiction and thrillers.What are the aspirations of Indigenous writers of crime and thrillers, and what challenges face them? What do these genres offer indigenous writers?

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29 March, 2017 | Alison Whitaker and Anna Westbrook with Peter Polites


Cosmopolitan Queer: Poet Alison Whittaker and novelist Anna Westbrook in conversation with Peter Polites

Wednesday 29 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

This evening features two young emerging queer writers with stunning debut books, Anna Westbrook and her dark crime novel Dark Fires Shall Burn (2016) and Alison Whittaker with a edgy book of poetry, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2016). These two writers explore queer sensibilities ranging from the underworld of Newtown in the 1940s to the gritty aesthetics of queer and trans indigeneity on the fringes of northern NSW. The host for the evening is blogger and novelist Peter Polites.

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20 September, 2016 | Michelle Cahill with Ouyang Yu

Foreign-ness: Roanna Gonsalves speaks with writers Michelle Cahill & Ouyang Yu

Tuesday 20 September, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Writing across histories, countries and languages, sometimes the stories of minority writers in Australia have been unspeakable. How do minority writers engage with the mainstream without becoming tokenised? Questions such as these will be probed by this eminent panel, where writer and community activist, Roanna Gonsalves, speaks with prize winning authors Michelle Cahill and Ouyang Yu about how they have addressed the challenges facing writers of colour and incorporated multiple perspectives in their work

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20 September, 2016 | Ouyang Yu

Ouyang Yu workshopWriting workshop with prize-winning poet, Ouyang Yu

Tuesday 20 September, 1-4pm
Studio 332, Webster Building, UNSW Kensington

Anytime and anyhow: writing poetry in-situ.

In this workshop Ouyang Yu will address issues such as the poet’s location and identity in a multicultural nation. He’ll give prompts or scenarios to students for writing poetry. The workshop will explore how things can be done poetically anywhere, anytime and anyhow.

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9 September, 2016 | Queer Sentiments

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Friday 9 September, 3pm - 6pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

An afternoon discussion and reading of Australian and U.S. queer poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on affective aspects, based around the visit of Professor Brian Reed, of the University of Washington in Seattle. The panel also features poet and scholar Assoc. Professor Kate Lilley, of the University of Sydney, and Dr Michael Farrell, Melbourne poet, co-editor of the lesbian and gay poetry anthology Out of the Box, and author of a recent book on colonial Australian poetics: Writing Australian Unsettlement. It is a unique event seeking to theorise and investigate relations between the queer history of Australian poetry with the contemporary; as well as correspondences – and differences – between Australia and the U.S.

The event will begin with a panel of papers, chaired by UNSW Art and Design's Dr Astrid Lorange, poet and author of How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein, followed by discussion. There will be a short break followed by a poetry reading from all four speakers.

Image: Courtesy of artist Deborah Kelly

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24 August, 2016 | Jeanine Leane with Anne Brewster

JeanineLeane_980x330Jeanine Leane in conversation with Anne Brewster

Presented by UNSWriting in partnership with Nura Gili

Wednesday 24 August, 6:30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Jeanine Leane, Wiradjuri poet, life history writer and scholar, explores the boundaries between poetry, fiction and life writing in her two acclaimed books Dark Secrets and Purple Threads. In this 'in-conversation' event with creative writing lecturer Anne Brewster Jeanine talks about how her family history and transgenerational memory has inspired her to write. She discusses the issues that have faced her as an Aboriginal writer in finding the right literary form and how she addresses the fact that readers may feel challenged by the events she writes about.

Jeanine Leane is the author of two books, a book of poetry Dark Secrets (winner of the Scanlon Poetry Prize) and a fictionalised memoir Purple Threads. She is currently completing her second book of poetry.

Jeanine Leane will be running a masterclass in partnership with Nura Gili from 1pm - 4pm prior to her talk.

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19 May, 2016 | Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW | Yeonmi Park

ParkYeonmi980x330Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW Yeonmi Park: The Young North Korean Defector Changing the World

Thursday 19 May
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Register now for this special on-campus event.

Human rights activist Yeonmi Park comes to UNSW to share her extraordinary story of survival and escape. Now a university student, Yeonmi joins us to inspire a new generation of young world changers. Free event, bookings essential.

Find out about UNSW Arts & Social Sciences' partnership with Sydney Writers' Festival.

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15 March, 2016 | Charlotte Wood and Jane Messer

WomenViolenceSurvivalWomen, Violence, Survival: Charlotte Wood and Jane Messer in conversation with Michaela Kalowski

Tuesday 15 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Charlotte Wood, author of the recent hotly debated novel The Natural Way of Things and Jane Messer whose recent novel Hopscotch shows a family facing a variety of crises will talk with interviewer Michaela Kalowski about women, violence and survival; how do women respond to violence, how do they endure almost intolerable situations to renew themselves, their friendships and their families?

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31 March, 2016 | Chris Nealon and Pam Brown


American-Australian Poetry Reading: Chris Nealon and Pam Brown with UNSW Alumni Josh Dubra and Lewis Trathen

Thursday 31 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Chris Nealon, distinguished fellow visiting from John Hopkins University will unite with Sydney-poet Pam Brown to present an evening of readings that meditate on everyday life and the seismic implications of individual actions. Connecting their mutual concerns with the abstraction and elaboration of common experiences, both are poets that distinctly reframe the personal to examine the possibility of agency and the repercussions of action.

They will be joined by recent UNSW graduates Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau and Lewis-Allan Trathen, reading their recent works.

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20 April, 2015 | Ellen Van Neerven

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Ellen van Neerven in conversation with Elizabeth McMahon

20 Apr 2015
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Presented in partnership with Nura Gili, Centre for Indigeneous Programs.

Ellen Van Neerven’s stunning debut book Heat and Light introduces an exciting new writer to the scene. Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2015, which is being announced the day after Ellen’s visit to UNSW, the story cycle in Heat and Light portrays several generations of an Aboriginal family wrestling with silences and tragedy but also affirming the enduring bonds with ancestors that give them strength and resilience.

Van Neerven is an accomplished and innovative writer who ventures into a range of styles from storytelling to the invention of fabulist worlds, her stories of belonging, identity and desire are guaranteed to stay with you long after you turn the last page. Ellen will be in conversation with Australian literature specialist Elizabeth McMahon, editor of Southerly.

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6 May, 2015 | Anne Buist

AnneBuist_980x330Anne Buist in conversation with Anne Brewster

6 May, 2015
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Medea's Curse introduces readers to forensic psychiatrist Natalie King who works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication. Her creator, writer Anne Buist, is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry.

Anne Buist talks about this ground-breaking, feisty book and also more generally about women and violence, writing thrillers and erotic fiction, and her passion for women's mental health. Anne Buist will be in conversation with UNSW lecturer Anne Brewster, whose books include Literary Formations: Postcoloniality, Nationalism, Globalism (1996) and Aboriginal Women's Autobiography (1995). She co-edited, with Angeline O’Neill and Rosemary van den Berg, an anthology of Indigenous Writing, Those Who Remain Will Always Remember (2000). Her book of interviews with and essays on Aboriginal writers, Giving This Country a Memory is forthcoming.

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3 September, 2015 | Stephanie Bishop

StehanieBishopStephanie Bishop in conversation with Michaela Kalowski

3 September, 2015
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington 

In The Other Side of the World Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes marriage and parenthood bring, with losing the time and the energy to paint. Henry wants things to be as they were and can’t face another English winter. When a brochure is slipped through the letterbox slot, Henry he believes he has the answer: ‘Australia brings out the best in you.’ But does it?

Stephanie Bishop’s stunning new novel The Other Side of the World has just been launched to critical acclaim. In this ‘In Conversation’ event she talks about her new novel, motherhood, migration, nostalgia and the writing life.

The Other Side of the World is Stephanie Bishop’s second novel. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award. Her first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists. The Singing was shortlisted for the Kathleen Mitchell Award.

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19 May, 2015 | Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW | Evie Wyld


Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW Evie Wyld in conversation with Clementine Ford

19 May, 2015
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington 

Evie Wyld, international author of All the Birds, Singing, speaks at UNSW on how to write a strong female character, using rural Australia as a backdrop and discusses whether literary fiction is flourishing more than ever. Writer Clementine Ford, who explores gender inequality, violence against women and pop culture in her twice weekly columns for Fairfax’s Daily Life, will interview rising literary talent Evie Wyld for this major festival event.

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7 October, 2015 | Mireille Juchau

MireilleJuchauAward-Winning Author Mireille Juchau In Conversation with Stephanie Bishop

7 October, 2015
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington 

It has been six months since Tess Müller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister Meg. The girls’ secluded lives in a northern rainforest town are shaken up when their father Stefan discovers human remains on their farm.

As locals in the transient community speculate on who has gone missing, Tess and Meg have a more urgent mystery. Where does their mother Evangeline go each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home muddy and dishevelled?

One day Tess's teacher Jim stumbles across Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline is in search of elusive truths about her time in a mountain commune. Their charged encounter propels Evangeline’s past into the present and sparks a change in all their lives.

As the forest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, the landscape of the family undergoes shifts of its own. When the rainy season descends and they become separated, each of the Müllers will be forced to decide where they truly belong.

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3-4 December, 2015 | Rediscovering Christina Stead and Elizabeth Harrower

ChristinaSteadRediscovering Christina Stead and Elizabeth Harrower with Delia Falconer, Gail Jones, David Malouf, Michelle de Kretser, Ivor Indyk and Fiona McFarlan

Event One

Christina Stead Writers’ Panel:
Delia Falconer, Gail Jones and David Malouf

Facilitated by Fiona Morrison, UNSW and Brigid Rooney, USYD

Thursday 3 December
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Stead is a writer to whom other major writers repeatedly turn for inspiration and sustenance. Joining the Stead writers’ panel, Delia Falconer, Gail Jones and David Malouf will speak about their own encounters with Christina Stead’s fiction. They will explore their personal favourites among her novels and think aloud about her writerly craft and vision. What qualities in Stead’s prose yield, as Angela Carter says, its ‘devastating capacity to flay the reader’s sensibilities’ yet all the while managing to restore to us the entire world

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Event Two

Elizabeth Harrower Writers’ Panel:
Michelle de Kretser, Ivor Indyk and Fiona McFarlane

Facilitated by Brigitta Olubas, UNSW and Elizabeth McMahon, UNSW

Friday 4 December
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

The Harrower writers’ panel will consider the place of Harrower’s writing in the field of Australian literature and mid-century women’s writing. It will explore the dark, strange and tyrannical worlds of Harrower’s novels: the relationships that founder through violent clashes of gender and class, and where struggles for human connection become distorted into merciless games of power. And all this in the quiet suburbs of Newcastle, Sydney and London.

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22 May, 2014 | Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW | Eimear McBride

EimearMcBrideSydney Writers' Festival at UNSW Eimear McBride in conversation with Ronan McDonald

22 May, 2014
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma. McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. Eimear McBride will be in conversation with the Director of the UNSW Global Irish Studies Centre Professor Rónán McDonald whose research interests span modern Irish literature and culture and the contribution of Irish migrants to Australia.

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20 May, 2014 | Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW | Jeremy Scahill

JeremyScahil_980x330Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW Jeremy Scahill in conversation with Chris Masters

20 May, 2014
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington 

Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist, and the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His latest book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield investigates the covert operations of the US in war zones around the world. Jeremy Scahill is in conversation with Australian journalist Chris Masters responsible for many notable Four Corners programs including his most famous report ‘The Moonlight State’ investigating police corruption in Queensland which initiated the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a raft of reforms that reached beyond Queensland.

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2 September, 2014 | Marie Munkara

MarieMunkaraMarie Munkara in conversation with Anne Brewster

2 September, 2014
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Presented in partnership with Nura Gili, Centre for Indigeneous Programs.

Marie Munkara was born on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhem Land. Her first book Every Secret Thing won the 2008 David Unaipon Award and the 2010 NT Book of the Year. She lives in Darwin with her menagerie of cats, dogs and frogs. In this next talk as part of the UNSWriting 'In Conversation' series, Marie will be discussing both her new book, A Most Peculiar Act as well as her award winning novel Every Secret Thing.

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