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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

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). Peter lives in Hobart, although he was born and educated in Melbourne. He has... Read more

Kerryn Goldsworthy

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... Read more

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a journalist, editor, critic and writer, co-founder of Sleepers independent publishers, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize. Louise edited Choice Words (Allen & Unwin, 2019), a collection of pieces demystifying abortion, and currently works as a journalist with the Aust... Read more

Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer is a Sydney-based novelist, essayist and writer of short stories. Born in the late sixties, Delia grew up in a Sydney “caught between a faded Deco age and destruction”. Her first novel, The Service of Clouds (Picador, 1997), set in Sydney’s Blue Mountains, was nominated for majo... Read more

Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon is an award-winning writer and journalist. Award-winning writer and journalist Matthew Condon is the author of more than ten highly acclaimed books, including novels, non-fiction and short-story collections. He has written for leading newspapers and journals including Brisbane’s... Read more


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