Each year the country’s peak academic body for Australian writing - Association for the Study of Australian Literature - comes together to unpick and discuss the ideas and climate of our literary world. This year, two of their sessions are open to the public through the Wheeler Centre.
An all-star lineup of literary luminaries, Delia Falconer (Sydney), Kerryn Goldsworthy (Adelaide), Peter Timms (Hobart) and Matthew Condon (Brisbane), come together to discuss the architecture of the mind and the cities that inspire them with Louise Swinn.
Peter Timms is the author of several books, including Making Nature: Six Walks in the Bush (2001), What’s Wrong with Contemporary Art? (2004), and most recently Private Lives: Australians at Home Since Federation (2008).
Kerryn Goldsworthy is a freelance writer and critic, and a former academic who lectured in literature at the University of Melbourne for 17 years.
A former editor of Australian Book Review and a member of the editorial team that produced The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009), she has edited four other anthologies of Australian writing and has published essays, articles, reviews, short stories and literary criticism – including a collection of short stories, North of the Moonlight Sonata, and a critical study of the work of Helen Garner. Her most recent book is Adelaide (2011) in the NewSouth ‘Cities’ series.
Kerryn was the Australian Book Review Ian Potter Foundation Fellow in 2013. In the same year, she won the Pascall Prize for cultural criticism, earning the title Australian Critic of the Year. She was the inaugural Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel (2013–2015) and won the 2017 Horne Prize for her essay ‘The Limit of the World’. She lives and works in her home town of Adelaide.
Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.
Delia Falconer is a Sydney-based novelist, essayist and writer of short stories.
Matthew Condon is an award-winning writer and journalist.