The Novella: Forgotten stories
The novella occupies a special place in literature – we all know it’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel. Famous novellas include some of literature’s greats: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wide Sargasso Sea, Animal Farm. But what is it that defines a novella? What are its strengths as a form? And why are we still writing them?
In an event to mark Griffith REVIEW’s Novella Project II, Cate Kennedy, Megan McGrath, Jane Jervis-Read and Julianne Schultz kick around these questions.
Jane Jervis-Read is a fiction writer from Melbourne. Her debut novella, Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall, won the inaugural Viva La Novella competition and was published by Seizure in 2013.
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review. Professor Schultz is a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and sits on the editorial board of the Conversation. She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. She became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community in 2009 and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year.
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely.
Megan McGrath is an award-winning fiction writer from Queensland. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Griffith REVIEW, Meanjin, Seizure, Tincture Journal and One Book Many Brisbanes, among others.
She works for Brisbane Writers Festival and tutors at Queensland Writers Centre. Whale Station is her most recent work.