In Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Wife, to be a woman writer is to automatically be lesser, to produce work that’s relegated to a certain section of the bookstore, where serious works of literary fiction are wrapped in covers featuring high heels, cocktails, pink cursive font and fields of wildflowers. Between them, this line-up of literary luminaries is responsible for the character for which Glenn Close was nominated an Academy Award; 'Cat Person' — the most shared piece of fiction in The New Yorker website’s history; and a smash-hit play that’s been staged more than 100 times around Australia. But despite these successes, are women writers still forced to play by different rules than their male colleagues? Join Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings and The Wife), Kristen Roupenian (You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories), Michelle Law (Single Asian Female), Olivia Sudjic (Exposure and Sympathy) and Krissy Kneen (Wintering) as they reflect on women's writing throughout the ages; how it's been received, critiqued, and what's changing.
This event is Auslan-interpreted.
Meg Wolitzer (International)
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous books, including The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which was recently made into an award-winning film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. In 2017 Wolitzer was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. She also writes books for young people, including most recently To Night Owl from Dogfish, which she co-wrote with children's author Holly Goldberg Sloan. Meg lives in New York City.
Olivia Sudjic (International)
Olivia Sudjic is a writer living in London. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Vogue and Wired. She is the author of Sympathy, her 2017 debut novel which was a finalist for the Salerno European Book Award, the Collyer Bristow Prize and has been translated into five languages, and Exposure, a personal essay exploring the anxiety epidemic, internet feminism and autofiction, named an Irish Times and Evening Standard Book of the Year in 2018.
Kristen Roupenian (International)
Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard College and holds a PhD in English from Harvard, as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the short story, 'Cat Person,' which appeared in The New Yorker and was selected by Sheila Heti for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018. Her debut collection, You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories is her first book.
Krissy Kneen (Australian)
Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir Affection, and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television. Her latest book is Wintering.
Michelle Law (Australian)
Michelle Law writes for screen, theatre and print. Her work includes the hit play Single Asian Female and the award-winning SBS series Homecoming Queens. Her writing has appeared in numerous Australian anthologies and journals, and she contributes regularly to Frankie magazine.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross (Australian)
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and critic. Her award-winning work has been published widely across Australia and the world, appearing in publications like Art Das Kunstmagazin, Lithub, CNN Style, The Saturday Paper, The Australian, The Monthly Online, Meanjin and Island. She is currently the film columnist for The Lifted Brow and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University; past roles include film editor at The Big Issue and theatre critic at The Age.