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

Durga Chew-Bose (International)

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Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, The Hairpin, Lenny Letter and The Guardian. Her debut collection of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood, was inspired by a 1931 Virginia Woolf diary entry. It explores culture, writing, and identity and the result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays written in her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry. Durga is currently teaching a non-fiction writing workshop at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

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Maria Tumarkin writes books (three to date and a fourth on the way), reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio; she teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and pubic historians. Maria's work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.