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. 

Frank Moorhouse (Australian)

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Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator and in the 1970s became a full-time writer. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was given a laudatory full-page review by Angela Carter in the New York Times and was named Book of the Year by the Age and 'moral winner' of the Booker Prize by the London magazine Blitz. Grand Days, the first novel in The Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier's Award for Fiction. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Age Book of the Year Award. Frank has undertaken numerous fellowships and his work has been translated into several languages. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.

Linda Jaivin (Australian)

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Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books including the international bestseller Eat Me, the Quarterly Essay: Found in Translation, the travel companion Beijing and the novel The Empress Lover. She has published numerous essays on a wide range of subjects, including the arts, travel and refugees and has had several works produced for the stage. She recently made her first radio documentary Nothing to Hide for RN. She is also a literary translator (from Chinese) specialising in film subtitles.