at The Wheeler Centre

In conversation with Jennifer Byrne: Helen Garner

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.

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Portrait of Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne

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 UK’s Fleet Street, 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, morning presenter on ABC radio, won national awards as interviewer and columnist for the Bulletin and, in May 2006, returned to TV to create the country’s first televised Book Club, which ran on the ABC for 11 years until December 2019.

Portrait of Helen Garner

Helen Garner

‘It is astonishing how much shit a woman will cop in the interests of civic and domestic order.’

Helen Garner is a legend. Our poet-laureate of the acute observation, the award-winning novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist has made a peerless contribution to Australian letters, Australian culture and our sense of ourselves. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 Garner was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her books include Monkey Grip, The First Stone, This House of Grief and Everywhere I Look.


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