Grief and trauma are among the most challenging themes for a writer to accurately convey. Join acclaimed non-fiction writers Meera Atkinson and Mark Baker as they share their own experiences of writing about these difficult and complex subjects in conversation with Maria Tumarkin. Meera’s Traumata explores the power of literature to give voice to and overcome family trauma. Mark’s Thirty Days, a poignant memoir of losing his wife to cancer, examines how we construct our own versions of the past.

Mark Baker (Australian)

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Mark Raphael Baker is the author of two memoirs, Thirty Days: A Journey To the End of Love, on grief, marriage, and the death of his wife, Kerryn, and The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memory, a best-selling and seminal book on his parents’ experience during the Holocaust which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, Melbourne.

Meera Atkinson (Australian)

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Meera Atkinson is a Sydney-based literary writer, academic, and sessional creative writing teacher at the University of Sydney. Traumata, (creative nonfiction) is forthcoming from UQP in April 2018, and her monograph, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. Visit:

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

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Maria Tumarkin writes books (three to date and a fourth on the way), reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio; she teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Maria's work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. She holds a PhD in Cultural History and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.