What started out as a book club morphed into a collaborative writing effort that has produced two successful novels. Under the collective pseudonym ‘Alice Campion’, friends Jane Richards, Denise Tart, Jane St Vincent Welch and Jenny Crocker have crafted two compelling tales of family secrets, The Painted Sky (co-authored with Maddy Oliver) and The Shifting Light. While writers frequently collaborate on projects for television and the cinema, the group novel is rare. Hear these writers reflect on their unique writing process, with Suzanne Leal.

Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of The Deceptions, The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular presenter at literary events and festivals, she was the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards from 2017 to 2019 and is a Board Director of Sydney Crime Writers Festival. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal.