Georgia Blain was a novelist, short story writer and essayist of exceptional honesty and talent, who died too young in 2016. She was also a beloved friend who is sorely missed. In celebration of Blain’s literary acuity, compassion and sharp sense of humour, her friends and fellow writers, Tegan Bennett Daylight, James Bradley and Charlotte Wood, read from her fiction and non-fiction work.

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and the anthology, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012, he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year. His most recent novel is Ghost Species.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a 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 collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was published in July 2015, and was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, the Steele Rudd Award and the 2016 Stella Prize. Her book of essays, The Details, was published by Scribner in July 2020. She works as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney with her husband and two children.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. Her latest book is The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. Her latest novel, The Weekend, was shortlisted for several prizes including the Stella Prize and the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction. She won both those prizes, among others, for her 2016 novel The Natural Way of Things. She was made a member of the Order of Australia for 'significant services to literature' in 2019.