Sian Prior on Shyness

Sian Prior on Shyness

As a journalist, musician and broadcaster, Sian Prior has spent the past two decades firmly in the public eye. During that time, she tried not to betray a characteristic she’s carried with her since childhood – her debilitating shyness.

Shy: A Memoir chronicles Sian’s investigation into a condition that has always troubled her, exploring its impact on her family, friendships and self-perception. She tries to discover exactly what shyness is, where hers came from and how to manage the constant urge to withdraw from social situations.

Sian contributed a weekly column to the Age for three years, and her work has featured in Rolling Stone, The Big Issue, Women of Letters and other publications. For this session, she’s in conversation with Francesca Rendle-Short, author of the novel/memoir Bite Your Tongue.

Read more about this event in Notes.


Portrait of Sian Prior

Sian Prior

Sian Prior is a writer and broadcaster with over 20 years experience in radio, television, print and online. She has been a newspaper columnist, a travel and opinion writer, a theatre, opera and book critic, and is currently working on her first non-fiction book as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at RMIT University.

Listen to Sian Prior on Shyness