Lian Hearn illustrates the craft of writing with all its thrills, perils and disappointments. She looks at ways of telling stories and reflections on the art of writing with the help of Akabane Sei, the narrator of her latest novel, The Storyteller and His Three Daughters.
Lian Hearn (Australian)
Lian Hearn's well-loved Tales of the Otori series, beginning with Across The Nightingale Floor, has sold over four million copies internationally. Her recent novel, Blossoms And Shadows, about life in Japan in the 1850s, also sold widely around the world. Lian has made many trips to Japan and has studied Japanese. She read Modern Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor and film critic in England before emigrating to Australia. Her most recent release is The Storyteller and His Three Daughters. lianhearn.com
Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne. She is a books writer for The Guardian Australia, and Interviews Editor for Kill Your Darlings journal. She is a regular reviewer for The Australian newspaper and formerly the literary blogger for Crikey with Liticism. Her writing centres on literature, arts, culture, and has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly, The Age, The Australian, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow amongst others. bethanieblanchard.com