at The Wheeler Centre

Writing Lives: New Australian Non-Fiction

There's a new breed of Australian creative non-fiction writer. These writers are playing with form, experimenting with narrative structure and injecting new energy into our literary culture – as they explore how their individual experiences connect with broader cultural moments.

In this conversation, we’ll bring together two writers who have both addressed the realities of living with mental or chronic illness in their work, and who have handled the challenging subject matter with curiosity, candour and sometimes humour. Fiona Wright is the author of the acclaimed essay collection, Small Acts of Disappearance and the forthcoming The World Was Whole. Sam Twyford-Moore is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania.

In a discussion facilitated by writer Khalid Warsame, Wright and Twyford-Moore will discuss cultural touchstones, non-fiction heroes, and the processes and pitfalls of writing real life.

Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller for this event.

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Portrait of Khalid Warsame

Khalid Warsame

Khalid Warsame is a writer, editor, and arts-worker who lives in Melbourne. He is a Creative Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Fiction Editor for the Lifted Brow, and Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival. His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications, and he was recently awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.

Portrait of Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and her poetry collection Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing and Society Research Centre, and her new collection of poetry Domestic Interior is forthcoming this year.

Portrait of Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, during which time he directed three Melbourne-based festivals, launched the Digital Writers’ Festival and toured the festival to Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and across Indonesia. As a writer he has contributed to the Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Australian, Meanjin, the Guardian, the Lifted Brow and others. He is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published in August 2018.


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