Acclaimed Australian writers conduct an in-depth examination of the contemporary essay. Rebecca Giggs talks to Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped, a collection of essays tapping critical theory, popular culture and personal experience; award-winning writer and cultural historian Maria Tumarkin; and Fiona Wright, author of the book of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance, which examines her own anorexia and the significance of hunger. Guests traverse the borders of the personal and political, and consider the intersection of literary and journalistic modes.

Jessica Friedmann (Australian)

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Jessica Friedmann has worked as an editor at independent Australian journals Going Down Swinging and Dumbo Feather, and her essays, criticism, and feature writing have appeared in Australian and international magazines and journals. Things That Helped is her first published collection.

Fiona Wright (Australian)

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Fiona Wright’s book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and her poetry collection Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre, and is the CAL New Writer in Residence at UTS.

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

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Maria Tumarkin writes books (three to date and a fourth on the way), reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio; she teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and pubic historians. Maria's work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Giggs (Australian)

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Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory. Her essays have appeared in Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing, as well as Granta, Overland, and the GriffithREVIEW. Her first non-fiction book is forthcoming from Scribe.