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Drusilla Modjeska


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Family, literature, Papua New Guinea and the complicated lives of creative women –  these are the themes to which Drusilla Modjeska has repeatedly returned in her impressive body of work. As a memoirist, essayist, novelist (and master of combining and confounding literary forms), Modjeska is among Australia’s most celebrated writers.

Most recently, she has added a memoir, Second Half First, to an already substantial list of literary accomplishments, including Exiles at Home, Poppy, Stravinsky’s Lunch and The Mountain. Her new book reflects on the books, people and journeys that have most profoundly affected her in the second part of her life.

Modjeska will discuss travel, reading and the intersection of life and work with Andrea Goldsmith.


Drusilla Modjeska

Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home; the NSW Premier’s Award-winning Poppy; Sisters, which she co-edited; the Nita B. Kibble, NSW P... Read more

Andrea Goldsmith

The novelist, Andrea Goldsmith, met Dorothy Porter in 1992 on the Victorian Women’s Writers’ Train. They were together until Dorothy’s death in December, 2008. Both writers were short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin award, Andrea for her fourth novel, The Prosperous Thief, and Dorothy f... Read more



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