An email written from a Sydney priest to a Melbourne author saying how much he enjoyed her latest book was the catalyst for an enduring and surprising friendship. Over the years they discussed everything from dinner party menus and shoes to family, faith, grief and love. Their correspondence has been collected in The Attachment, described as ‘a demonstration of how to have a conversation and a friendship’. Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty join Margot Saville and share the story of their friendship. 

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

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Ailsa Piper is a writer, director, performer, teacher and speaker. She was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award in 2001 for her script Small Mercies, and her Sinning Across Spain, was published in 2012. An updated edition was released in 2017. The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship, was also published in 2017. Co-written with Tony Doherty, it celebrates conversation, correspondence and connection. An experienced interviewer, Ailsa has judged the NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards six times.