One hundred and fifty years after Henry Lawson’s birth, we are still captivated by his most famous work, The Drover’s Wife. A panel of bush bard experts tallk to Nicole Abadee about Lawson’s influence and their own retellings of the story. In Frank Moorhouse’ own version of The Drover’s Wife his academic persona uncovers the shameful truth of the ‘real’ drover’s wife. Ryan O’Neill is working on retelling the story in 99 ways, and Kerrie Davies’ A Wife’s Heart is written from the perspective of Lawson’s wife Bertha.
Kerrie Davies (Australian)
Kerrie Davies is a UNSW lecturer and author. She has written for Collective magazine, Elle, Vogue Australia and The Weekend Australian Magazine, among other media outlets. She is completing her Doctor of Arts (Literary Journalism) at the University of Sydney and is co-author of the Colonial Australian Literary Journalism Database.
Nicole Abadee (Australian)
Nicole Abadee writes about books for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review and appears regularly as a moderator at writers’ festivals and other literary events. Nicole has a books podcast, Books, Books, Books, in which she talks to international and Australian writers about their latest books, and is also a judge for the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.