The Late Great: Christina Stead

The Late Great: Christina Stead

Christina Stead, one of Australia’s most important writers, was a master of satire and wit. Stead wrote 15 novels and several volumes of short stories in her lifetime including the acclaimed The Man Who Loved Children. To discuss her life and work, host Ramona Koval is joined by playwright Darryl Emerson and writer Rodney Hall.

Topics covered include the pressure Stead faced over the settings for her stories (to cater for overseas markets), inspirations from her working life, her use of language and wordplay, the risqué aspects of her work (which Hall argues merely reflected a generosity toward her subjects) and her distinguished but lonely return to Australia. The panel are also asked whether Stead could be considered a feminist and why she is not widely included on university reading lists.


Portrait of Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall is the award-winning writer of of 36 books whose novels have been published across the world to widespread acclaim.

Portrait of Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.

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