Step behind the clichés about silver tsunamis to explore the power and politics, lives and loves, losses and salvations that define who we are and how we live as we get older. Griffith Review’s Getting On explores the themes of aging, mortality and maturity through fiction, memoir, essay and reportage, revealing the complexities of lives lost and found. Join Tony Birch, Andrew Stafford and Jane R. Goodall in conversation with Griffith Review editor, Ashley Hay.

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Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin literary prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last NightBoth books will be published by University of Queensland Press.

Jane R. Goodall (Australian)

Jane R. Goodall

Jane R. Goodall is Emeritus Professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She writes regularly for Inside Story and her most recent book is The Politics of the Common Good.

Andrew Stafford (Australian)

Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of a memoir Something To Believe In, and Pig City, a musical and political history of Brisbane. He has written for The Age, Guardian Australia, The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald and Griffith Review.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.