Josephine Wilson won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award for Extinctions, her compassionate and intelligent novel that explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self-centredness. It follows the story of a reclusive man in a Perth retirement villa whose life changes when he strikes up a friendship with his neighbour and the secrets of his past confront him anew. Josephine talks with ABC RN’s Kate Evans about the inspirations behind the novel and winning the nation’s most prestigious literary award.
Josephine Wilson (Australian)
Josephine Wilson is a Perth-based writer whose career began in the area of performance. Her first novel, Cusp, was published by UWA Press in 2005. Josephine's second novel, Extinctions, was the winner of the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. It won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Colin Roderick Award, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Josephine has lectured and taught in the tertiary sector.
Kate Evans (Australian)
Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC RN with Cassie McCullagh, after years of interviewing writers for RN Books and Arts and Books Plus, as well as working across a whole slew of other RN programs. She regularly appears on stage in conversation with writers and artists. She has a PhD in history, cannot get through a day without reading fiction, and has a wildly idiosyncratic system of shelving and piling up books.