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NonfictioNow Melbourne 2012: An Evening with Helen Garner
Helen Garner’s narrative non-fiction is practically its own genre, attracting international acclaim. Her landmark The First Stone, a controversial bestseller, broke new ground for Australian non-fiction – and Joe Cinque’s Consolation was similarly successful.
She blends journalism, reportage, memoir and cultural analysis – all filtered through the distinctive authorial voice that has long made her fiction so compelling. She uses the novelist’s tools of stark characterisation, evocative language and a magpie’s eye for telling dialogue.
Helen talks about her long career as a border-dweller, moving between fiction and non-fiction, using the best aspects of both. Read our detailed report from Helen’s address here.