Award-winning British comedian and writer Natalie Haynes explores a contemporary murder and its narrative connections with the ancient Greek tragedy plays in The Amber Fury. Australian writer Maggie Joel’s 1940s wartime drama, The Safest Place in London, reflects the author’s fascination with time and place. Join Natalie and Maggie in conversation with Katherine Johnson (The Better Son) as they consider the literary links between past and present.

The Blue Mountains Program at Varuna
All day pass $65/$55 (29 or 30 May)
Two day pass $100 (29 and 30 May)
Single session $20/$15  

Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Natalie Haynes (International)

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Natalie Haynes is a broadcaster and comedian and the author of The Amber Fury and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She also writes for the Guardian and The Independent. She has spoken widely on the modern relevance of the classical world. Her latest book The Children of Jocasta will be published in early May.

Maggie Joel (Australian)

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Maggie Joel is the author of four novels: The Past and Other Lies, The Second-Last Woman in England, Felony & Mayhem and Constable & Robinson, which was awarded the 2011 Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Christina Stead Award for Fiction, Half the World in Winter and The Safest Place in London.

Katherine Johnson (Australian)

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Katherine Johnson was born in Queensland and worked in science journalism before she began writing fiction. Her first novel Pescador’s Wake won a Harper Collins Varuna Award. Her second novel, The Better Son, a story of secrets, lies and the yearning for love, was published by Ventura Press last year and was recently longlisted for the Indie Book Awards. Katherine is now completing a PhD in creative writing.