Frank Moorhouse is one of the country’s most celebrated literary figures. In this session he explores what it means to be a writer in Australia today, sharing his personal experiences and insights. Frank discusses his work and his personal life, including challenging experiences involving relationships, money, mental health issues and alcoholism. The Miles Franklin Award winner talks candidly to Linda Jaivin about making a living from the craft of writing, the state of Australia’s cultural landscape and an artist’s place in it. 

Linda Jaivin (Australian)

Linda Jaivin

Linda is the author of twelve books, including seven novels. Her latest book, the nonfiction The Shortest History of China, was named the top book on China in 2021 by fivebooks.com; published in the US and UK as well, it is being translated into Greek, Italian, Russian, Japanese and a number of other languages including (Taiwan) Chinese. She is also a prolific essayist, cultural commentator, film subtitler (translating Chinese films), and co-editor of the China Story Yearbook.