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

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio. She also collaborates with sound and visual artists, and has had her work engraved into the paving at Victoria Harbour as part of the Melbourne Docklands Urban Art Program. Maria is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic was named by The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2019. Maria is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the category of non-fiction. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne.