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)

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Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former judge of ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. She has been a legal commentator on ABC radio and is a regular interviewer at literary events and festivals.