Tegan Bennett Daylight talks with one of Australia's finest and most admired writers, Joan London, about her life and work, and her recent novel The Golden Age, chosen by writers and readers across the country as their 2014 book of the year. It will be a wide-ranging discussion about Joan’s influences and her body of internationally acclaimed work known for its ‘seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humour’ – Washington Post.
Presented with Varuna, the National Writers House
Joan London (Australian)
Joan London is the author of two prize-winning collections of stories, Sister Ships, which won the Age Book of the Year in 1986, and Letter to Constantine, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 1994 and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. These stories have been published in one volume as The New Dark Age. Her first novel, Gilgameshwon the Age Book of the Year for Fiction in 2002 and was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Good Parents won the 2009 Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary awards. Joan London's books have all been published internationally to critical acclaim. The Golden Age is her third novel.
Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, teacher, and critic. She is the author of three novels, Bombora, What Falls Away, and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Griffith Review, Meanjin, and Best Australian Stories. Her first collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, will be published by Random House in July 2015.