Across 2010, we’ll present a series of very special nights with celebrated journalist, broadcaster and writer Jennifer Byrne, one of the country’s foremost interviewers and host of the ‘First Tuesday Book Club’.
Jennifer’s first event will be with Helen Garner, one of Australia’s finest writers.
Her 1977 debut Monkey Grip is a modern classic.
In 2008, after 15 years of acclaimed non-fiction including The First Stone and Joe Cinque’s Consolation, she returned to fiction with the award-winning The Spare Room.
Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television.
Having done her cadetship at the Age and worked on Fleet Street in London, she was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent.
She was publishing director of Reed Books, won national awards as a magazine columnist and, since May 2006, has hosted First Tuesday Book Club (now The Book Club) and presented literary specials for ABC1.
Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism including The First Stone, Joe Cinque’s Consolation and The Spare Room which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages.