Love Stories: Literature’s Great Romances
If there’s one thing any book lover can tell you it’s that love on the page can feel as powerful and moving as the real thing. Or can it?
In this discussion, Hannie Rayson, Lorin Clarke, Kate Holden, Craig Sherborne and Steven Carroll examine the mechanics of representational romance and the devices writers use to tug at our heartstrings. They recall great literary lovers — from Lolita to, er… what was her name again?
Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter best known for Hotel Sorrento.
Lorin Clarke is a writer, director and broadcaster. She has written for stage, television, print and radio and is the television columnist for the Big Issue. Lorin co-presents the daily Stupidly Small podcast with Stew Farrell.
Kate Holden is the author of the memoirs In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian nights and days. She wrote a long-running column for the Age and has published features, reviews, essays and short stories in all the major Australian journals and newspapers.
Craig Sherborne is an acclaimed memoirist, novelist, poet and playwright, best known for Hoi Polloi, Muck and The Amateur Science of Love.
Stephen Carroll’s The Time We Have Taken won the Commonwealth Writers and Miles Franklin prizes, and his A World of Other People was named joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction in 2014.