The Longform Society
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Helen Garner's name is synonymous with excellence and rigour in narrative non-fiction today. She's famous for spare yet stirring prose, dark subject matter and brutal introspection (the New Yorker’s James Wood called her a 'savage self-scrutineer').
In our final Longform Society meeting for 2017 – and as her collections, Stories and True Stories, are republished – we’ll explore some seminal essays from this peerless figure in Australian writing.
Chime in with your own perspectives – in the room, or online (the event will be live streamed) – as our panel consider Garner’s craft, her impact and the essays that have stayed with them. Our texts include examples of her early work, and her most influential stories.
- 'Killing Daniel' (1993)
- 'The Art of the Dumb Question' (1996)
- 'Sighs Too Deep for Words' (2001)
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Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and the author of four books, including the acclaimed Melbourne.
Bernadette Brennan is an academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing, literature and ethics. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice (UQP 2008), and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics (Vagabond 2008). She lives in Sydney.
Chloe Hooper’s first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. The Tall Man, her non-fiction account of the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee, won many literary awards. Chloe’s latest novel is The Engagement, published in 2012.
Love longform? Join the club.
The Longform Society is a reading club for lovers of the essay form. It's new, it's nerdy, it's nourishment for your brain.
Before each meeting of the society, we’ll email members a collection of outstanding essays grouped around a thought-provoking issue. Our host, Sophie Cunningham, and a panel of three writers will rigorously examine the arguments put forward by each piece – and the philosophical, social, economic or political implications.
We’ll be live-streaming all meetings of Longform Society on this page – so you can indulge in longform, long distance. Are you in for the long haul?
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