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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.


Khalid Warsame

Khalid Warsame is a writer, photographer, and arts producer who lives in Melbourne. His essays and fiction have appeared in the Lifted Brow, Overland, the Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, and LitHub. He has previously edited fiction for the Lifted Brow, worked as a creative producer at the Fo... Read more

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 new collection, The World Was Whole was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Kn... Read more

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 Writ... Read more


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