UNSWriting: Women, Violence and Survival

When:15 Mar 2016, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW
Who:Writers Charlotte Wood and Jane Messer in conversation with Michaela Kalowski
Wood and Messer

Presented by UNSWriting

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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The Natural Way of Things is published by Allen and Unwin

Hopscotch is published by PanMacmillan Australia


Charlotte Wood_HeadshotCharlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. The Natural Way of Things has been shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Indie Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize. It will be published in the UK and North America and Europe in 2016/17. The Australian has described her as "one of our most original and provocative writers.”

Jane Messer_HeadshotJane Messer’s critically acclaimed books include Night by Night, Provenance, Bedlam - anthology of sleepless nights, and Hopscotch. In between books she writes radio drama, short stories and essays, and blogs at janemesser.com about books and writing. In her day job she teaches creative writing at Macquarie University, Sydney, where she is the Program Director of the Creative Writing programs. She is the founder and supervising editor of the student journal The Quarry, a former director of the Australian Society of Authors and judge of the Australian Vogel Literary Award.

Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer & facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for the ABC on RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas, on Classic FM & ABC Local Radio. She has also facilitated panels at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Film Festival and All About Women at Sydney Opera House. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Amos Oz, Tom Keneally, Daniel Mendelsohn, Robyn Davidson, Emile Sherman, Anthony Horowitz, Joanna Murray Smith & Laura Marling. Michaela worked for many years in the film industry as a Music Supervisor (Romulus, My Father, Balibo) and producer. She holds an arts/law degree from UNSW Australia. Michaela also works as researcher/producer on The Margaret Throsby Program (ABC Classic FM) and was a producer/writer on SBS TV political interview series The Observer Effect.

UNSW Bookshop

Charlotte and Janes's books will be available at 10% off the RRP courtesy of the UNSW Bookshop on the night.

Visit the UNSW Bookshop online.

Finding us.

Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows. Download the UNSW map.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2, High St area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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