at The Wheeler Centre

Anna Krien and Helen Garner: Night Games

Read our write-up of this event in our Notes. It’s also been blogged about by James Douglas at Meanjin and WH Chong at Crikey’s culture mulcher.

In this very special event, two generations of Australian reportage royalty come together, as the world- renowned Helen Garner interviews Anna Krien, one of the brightest writers of her generation, about her new book, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport.

Anna Krien was shortlisted for just about every literary prize in the country for her groundbreaking debut about Tasmania’s logging industry, Into the Woods – described by Chloe Hooper as ‘an intimate, urgent book pulsing with truth’.

Night Games is another balanced and fearless work of investigative reportage, as Krien ventures into the murky world of football culture, as it relates to women.

In the tradition of Garner’s The First Stone, this is a closely observed look at sex, consent and power. At its centre is Krien’s account of the rape trial of a footballer.

What does a young footballer do to cut loose? At night, some play what they think of as pranks, or games – involving women. These games sometimes involve consensual sex, but sometimes they don’t … and sometimes they fall into a grey area.

This is the world of Sam Newman, Ricky Nixon, Matty Johns, the Cronulla Sharks. A world where women are there to service men, or to bring them together. A world of prolonged adolescence.


Portrait of Anna Krien

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is an award-winning Melbourne-based journalist, essayist, ction writer and poet. She is a 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. Her first book, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests, won theLiterary Award for Advancing Public Debate in the 2011 QLD Premier’s Literary Awards and the People’s Choice Award in the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second book, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, won the 2014 Davitt Award for Best True Crime Book, the 2014 Cross British Sports Book Awards’ New Writer of the Year Award, the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Non-fiction Book Award and the Stella Prize. 

Portrait of Helen Garner

Helen Garner

‘It is astonishing how much shit a woman will cop in the interests of civic and domestic order.’

Helen Garner is a legend. Our poet-laureate of the acute observation, the award-winning novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist has made a peerless contribution to Australian letters, Australian culture and our sense of ourselves. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 Garner was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her books include Monkey Grip, The First Stone, This House of Grief and Everywhere I Look.


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