Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most admired writers of novels, short stories, screenplays, essays and non-fiction in a career spanning more than 50 years. In her non-fiction, she writes with a tough and unsparing honesty about both her subjects and herself. In this Festival highlight, the author, described by The New Yorker as “a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses”, speaks to Matthew Condon about the power of reflection and self-scrutiny, and considers just how impartially writers can observe themselves and others. Supported by ARA.

Helen Garner (Australian)

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Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her most recent books are True Stories (collected non-fiction) and Stories (collected fiction). She lives in Melbourne.

Matthew Condon (Australian)

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Matthew Condon is an award-winning journalist and author. He has published 10 works of fiction and most recently a bestselling trilogy about police and political corruption in Queensland - Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers and All Fall Down. He lives in Brisbane.