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)

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Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, a literary translator from Chinese specialising in film, and co-editor of the ANU's China Story Yearbook. She is also a prolific essayist, occasional playwright and first-time curator. Her first book, the comic erotic Eat Me, was an international bestseller. Her China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon, and novels A Most Immoral Woman and The Empress Lover all explore aspects of the foreign experience of China.