A lively discussion about writing complex female characters in a time of political, social and cultural upheaval. Kathryn Heyman (Storm and Grace), Zoë Morrison (Music and Freedom) and Laura Elizabeth Woollett (The Love of a Bad Man) talk to Bianca Fileborn about the impulses, insecurities and motivations of their characters, as well as the challenges and nuances of bringing them to the page. 

Zoë Morrison (Australian)

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Zoë Morrison is the author of the novel Music and Freedom, which won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, was iBooks Australian Fiction Book of the Year for 2016, and is currently short-listed for the ALS Gold Medal. She has a DPhil in Human Geography from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes scholar, before working there as an academic. Her research and advocacy work has included the fields of gendered violence and social exclusion. Zoë also has an LMusA in piano performance. 

Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Australian)

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Laura Elizabeth Woollett is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based writer. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides was published in 2014. In 2015, she appeared as one of Melbourne Writers Festival's 30 Under 30. Her short story collection The Love of a Bad Man was released in 2016, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premiers Literary Awards. She is currently working on her second novel, Beautiful Revolutionary, which will be published in 2018.

Kathryn Heyman (Australian)

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Kathryn Heyman is the author of six novels including her latest, Storm and Grace. She has received the Arts Council of England Writers Award and the Southern Arts Award and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK including the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Kibble Prize, the Edinburgh Critics Awards and the West Australian Premier's Awards. She is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and Fiction Program Director of Faber Writing Academy.

Bianca Fileborn (Australian)

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Bianca Fileborn is a lecturer in criminology in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Her book, Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy was published in 2016. Her work has also featured in Daily Life, The Conversation, and various academic journals and edited book collections. Bianca's work examines sexual violence and intersections of gender, age, and sexuality, street harassment and justice, sexual ethics, and sexuality in later life.