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Encounters with Music: Helen Garner in Conversation


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As part of Encounters with Music, a series presented by the ACO and the Wheeler Centre, beloved Australian author Helen Garner joins Fenella Kernebone for an intimate and wide-ranging discussion about the role of music in her life and work.


Helen Garner’s body of work, which includes Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach and This House of Grief, has earned a legion of dedicated fans at home and abroad across her 45-year career. In 2019, Garner’s impact on the country’s literary culture was recognised with the Australian Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. 

In a picturesque setting at ACO’s new Walsh Bay home Pier 2/3, Garner will unpack her deep and lifelong love of music and reveal some of the pieces that have accompanied her life and inspired her writing. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Explore the other conversations in the Encounters with Music series featuring Larissa Behrendt, Bill Henson and Leigh Sales. 


Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact the Australian Chamber Orchestra at 1800 444 444 or


Helen Garner

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 she was hon... Read more

Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone is the host of ABC TV’s new weekly half hour arts show, Art Nation. In conjunction with the ABC’s new Arts Gateway, Art Nation follows on from the ABC’s previous arts show, Sunday Arts, which Fenella began working on as a presenter and producer in 2006. Fenella continues to r... Read more


Pier 2/3 (Sydney)

Pier 2/3 13A Hickson Road Dawes Point NSW 2000

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