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The Writers of Janet Clarke Hall


This year the University of Melbourne’s Janet Clarke Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary and will hold a series of events marking its heritage as Australia’s oldest residential college for women and one of the first in the world. The first of these will be an afternoon panel and discussion forum at the Wheeler Centre featuring college literary luminaries. Writers and novelists Helen Garner, Anna Goldsworthy, Alice Pung and Lee Tulloch have all dwelt within Janet Clarke Hall’s ivy-clad walls as students, tutors or artists in residence, and will gather to discuss its influences, their work and the literary life with fellow JCH alumni, Jan McGuinness.


Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of the memoirs Welcome to Your New Life and Piano Lessons, and Quarterly Essay 50, On Women, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Adelaide Review and Best Australian Essays. Anna has won numerous prizes and scholarships for piano ... Read more

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

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father’s Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin&#... Read more

Lee Tulloch

Lee Tulloch is a journalist and novelist. Lee was born in Melbourne in 1954 and educated at the University of Melbourne where she resided at Janet Clarke Hall and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the mid 70s. Following a successful career in fashion journalism, Tulloch moved to New York via Pari... Read more


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