Two Sides of the Story: Creative Journos
By now we’ve all heard the end-of-days lament for old-school print media, but where does that leave journalists? Mary Delahunty and Jane Sullivan explore the relationships between their past and present writing lives - moving from the pace, variety and concision of journalism to the open-ended, contemplative narratives of creative non-fiction.
The pair discuss the difficulty of slowing down and writing to a different kind of deadline. The research and rationality of journalism can be at odds with storytelling, they admit. While creative writers often adhere to the “show don’t tell” rule, journalism primarily demands the telling.
Delahunty talks about a writing course she completed in Tasmania’s Tarkine forest, which involved meditation, and both enthuse about the importance of writer’s retreats (such as Varuna and Glenfern), providing an important chance to escape the “madding crowd” and to experience the “elasticity of time and space”.
Presented in partnership with the Victorian Writers' Centre.
Mary Delahunty is a Gold Walkley Award winning journalist and presenter with ABC TV and commercial networks. She served for 7 years as a Victorian state government minister in senior portfolios and has seen the tensions from both sides. She is currently working as a consultant in government, media and the non-for profit sector where she heads numerous boards.
Jane Sullivan came to Australia from England in 1979 and worked for the Age as a reporter, feature writer and editor of various sections, including the books pages.