The searing debut novel of one of Australia’s most lauded journalists, Act of Grace bears the same passion and political fire as Anna Krien’s non-fiction works, Night Games and Into the Woods. Told through the eyes of a returned Australian soldier, a young Indigenous woman and an Iraqi refugee formerly embroiled in the atrocities of Saddam Hussein’s reign, Act of Grace has been hailed as “breathtakingly humane” by Anna Funder and “a work of stunning virtuosity” by Ceridwen Dovey. Catherine Keenan AM speaks with Anna about the damage one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation.

Anna Krien (Australian)

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna's writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. In 2014, she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and in 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Her first novel is Act of Grace.

Catherine Keenan AM (Australian)

Catherine Keenan AM

Catherine Keenan AM is co-founder and executive director of the Story Factory, a not-for-profit that runs free creative writing and storytelling programs for marginalised young people aged 7 to 17. Prior to this, Catherine worked for a decade as an arts writer and literary editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.