Matthew Condon, Sophie Cunningham, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Delia Falconer, Jill Eddington (Chair)
Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide have got the literary onceover from a swag of talented writers. Matthew Condon, Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer and Kerryn Goldsworthy tell us the secrets of their cities. Chair: Jill Eddington.
Sophie Cunningham (Australian)
Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for 25 years. She is course director for the Faber Academy in Melbourne and is a founding board member of the Stella Prize. She is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, and the non-fiction, Melbourne. Her third novel (in progress), This Devastating Fever, is about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka. She's currently writing a non-fiction book on Cyclone Tracy and extreme weather.
Delia Falconer grew up in Sydney. Her first novel, The Service of Clouds, was nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her recent non-fiction title, Sydney, was shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and won ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature 2011.
Matthew Condon is the author of several novels, short-fiction collections and works of non-fiction. He is a two-time winner of the Steele Rudd Award for Short Fiction. His novels include The Motorcycle Café, The Pillow Fight and The Trout Opera. His latest books are Brisbane and, as editor, Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the long wet summer of 2010-2011. He is editor of Qweekend magazine, The Courier-Mail, and is currently an adjunct professor with the Queensland University of Technology.
Kerryn Goldsworthy is a former Melbourne literary academic turned Adelaide freelance writer, and a regular weekly book reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald. An author, critic, editor, columnist and blogger, she has edited several anthologies of Australian writing and has written three books, the most recent of which is Adelaide in the NewSouth Books Cities series. stilllifewithcat.blogspot.com