Ernest Hemingway warned, ‘The masters of the short story come to no good end.’ Tegan Bennett Daylight helps three masters illuminate this difficult literary art. George Saunders talks about examining the small, painful moments of domesticity, family and death. American writer Joy Williams discusses her characters who reach for the sublime and fall, inevitably, to earth. Tara June Winch talks about creating characters who pack a punch and break your heart. 

Tara June Winch (International)

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, born in Australia in 1983 and based in France. Her first novel, Swallow the Air was critically acclaimed. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist, and has won numerous literary awards for Swallow the Air. A 10th anniversary edition was published in 2016. In 2008, Tara was mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her second book, the story collection After the Carnage, was published in 2016. After the Carnage was longlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction, shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Christina Stead Prize for fiction and the Queensland Literary Award for a collection. She wrote the Indigenous dance documentary, Carriberrie, which screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and toured internationally. Tara’s most recent novel, The Yield, won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as the Christina Stead Prize for fiction, the Peoples Choice Award and Book of the Year at the 2020 NSW Premiers Literary Awards.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was published in July 2015, and was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, the Steele Rudd Award and the 2016 Stella Prize. Her book of essays, The Details, was published by Scribner in July 2020. She works as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney with her husband and two children.