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. 

Kathryn Heyman (Australian)

Kathryn Heyman

Dr Kathryn Heyman is the author of the memoir Fury published in Australia and the UK in May 2021. Her previous novels include Storm and Grace and Floodline. Her work has won and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK including the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Wingate Literary Prize, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Orange Prize and the Arts Council of England Writers Awards. As founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, she has guided many writers from idea to publication, including many award-winners. She received the 2017 Copyright Agency Author Fellowship for Fury and is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.