Karen Lamb and Marilla North have written about 20th-century female writers who are now firmly part of the Australian literary canon, including Thea Astley, Dymphna Cusack, Miles Franklin and Florence James. Karen and Marilla talk about their books and their attraction to these gifted and groundbreaking women.

The Blue Mountains Program at Varuna
All day pass $65/$55 (29 or 30 May)
Two day pass $100 (29 and 30 May)
Single session $20/$15  


Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Karen Lamb (Australian)

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Karen Lamb is the author of Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather which was shortlisted for six national literary awards, and won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Non-Fiction for 2016. She has edited a book of Australian short stories, and published book chapters and articles on Australian authors, including a book on Peter Carey.

Marilla North (Australian)

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Marilla North was born and educated in Newcastle, NSW where she first read Dymphna Cusack’s WWII novel Southern Steel, the book that ignited her passionate commitment to Cusack’s life and work. Marilla’s poetry has been published in the press and literary journals and her collection, Blue Glass and Turtles’ Eggs, was published by Jacaranda Press. Her narrative Yarn Spinners won the 2001 FAW Biography Prize.