One of the most exhilarating things about travel is the way it takes you outside yourself – to discover new people, places and ideas. It also shifts your perspective: from the outside, everything from the everyday to the exotic, comes into sharper focus. Novelists Steven Amsterdam, Toni Jordan and Jacinta Halloran will talk about why foreign lands are fertile ground for creativity, with Jenny Niven.
Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.
Jacinta Halloran is a Melbourne GP and writer. She has written on medical topics for a wide variety of publications, including the Sunday Age and Inside Story. Her second novel, Pilgrimage, was recently published (Scribe Publications, 2012).
Jenny Niven was the Wheeler Centre’s Associate Director. She is currently Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative Scotland.
Steven Amsterdam is the award-winning author of Things We Didn't See Coming (winner of the Age Book of the Year, shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award) and What the Family Needed (Australian Women's Weekly Great Read and longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC literary award). He lives in Melbourne, where he works as a palliative care nurse, with his partner.