In 1931, Virginia Woolf ended one entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words ‘too much and not the mood’, expressing her sense of being overwhelmed by her work and unsure if she had anything worth saying. That phrase inspired cultural critic Durga Chew-Bose to explore her own creative life in a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays. She joins Maria Tumarkin in conversation about the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.
Supported by Macquarie University. Durga Chew-Bose is supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney
Maria Tumarkin (Australian)
Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. Her books include Traumascapes, Courage, and Otherland, which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award, NSW Premier’s Award and The Age Book of the Year. Her latest book, Axiomatic won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Tumarkin’s essays have appeared in The Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Monthly, Sydney Review of Books, The Age, The Australian, and Inside Story. Tumarkin is involved in wide-ranging artistic collaborations with visual artists, theatre makers and audio designers. She was a 2013–14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities and is a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s programming committee. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.