Critically acclaimed writers Luke Carman and Fiona Wright speak with Ashley Kalagian Blunt about their singular but thematically similar essay collections, dealing with physical and mental illness, the writing life and the significance of home. Luke’s Intimate Antipathies details his encounters with madness as a writer, and the home in Western Sydney that shaped his imaginative life. Fiona’s The World Was Whole explores what it means when the spaces we inhabit – our bodies and our homes – are destabilised.

Fiona Wright (Australian)

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which is shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Luke Carman (Australian)

Luke Carman

Luke Carman is the author of An Elegant Young Man, which was awarded a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. In 2014 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt (Australian)

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of My Name Is Revenge, a finalist in the inaugural Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, Westerly, The Australian and more. Her memoir Full of Donkey: Travels in Armenia was shortlisted for the 2018 Impress Prize and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.