Helen Garner: A Life in Literature [Digital Stream]
This digital event will be available to stream from your Wheeler Centre online account until 11.59pm AEDT, Friday 27 January.
Following a sold-out event at the Wheeler Centre’s Spring Fling in 2022, enjoy this digital recording of an in-conversation event chronicling Helen Garner’s life and career, held in honour of her 80th birthday.
Helen Garner is an iconic Australian figure. Her vast body of work – from non-fiction to fiction and her diaries – has held a significant place in the Australian cultural psyche for decades, earning a legion of dedicated fans at home and abroad.
Hosted by beloved Australian actor Virginia Gay, this is your chance to hear a literary great in conversation with none other than super-fan Annabel Crabb, alongside an introduction by Miles Franklin Award-winning author Jennifer Down.
Celebrate Helen Garner’s 80th birthday with a far-reaching discussion about life, literature, love and the enduring importance of words.
The online bookseller for this event is Readings.
This event will be available to stream from your Wheeler Centre online account from 9am AEDT Friday 13 January 2023 until 11.59pm Friday 27 January 2023.
To avoid disruption, please ensure you have finished watching by this time. The viewing period cannot be extended for those who did not view the event prior to this time.
About Spring Fling
Celebrating rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of literary experiences with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.
Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.
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
Jennifer Down is a writer and editor. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. The story collection Pulse Points won the 2018 Readings Prize and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. ... Read more
Annabel Crabb is a South Australian-born writer and television presenter who as a university student paid full price for Cosmo Cosmolino in 1992, breaking a solid habit of waiting for new books to arrive at the library. She completed a law degree but never became a lawyer. Annabel has been a journal... Read more
Virginia Gay graduated WAAPA, then spent four years pretending to be a nurse on All Saints, six months pretending to be cop on Savage River (ABC), and then five years on Winners & Losers, where she pretended to know a lot about high finance. That last one, particularly, was a stretch. She won a ... Read more