What is the role of laughter in serious literature? Fiction writer and critic Tegan Bennett Daylight joins Stella Prize–winning author Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) to examine the mysterious yet essential ways that a sense of humour can illuminate writing with surprise, humanity and truth. The writers will reflect on their favourite books and their own work to discuss how comedy and wit can reveal character, energise prose and bear witness to the strangeness of life.

Curated by Charlotte Wood.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

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Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

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Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was shortlisted for the Stella Award, the ALS Gold Medal and the Steele Rudd Award.