Step behind the clichés about silver tsunamis to explore the power and politics, lives and loves, losses and salvations that define who we are and how we live as we get older. Griffith Review’s Getting On explores the themes of aging, mortality and maturity through fiction, memoir, essay and reportage, revealing the complexities of lives lost and found. Join Tony Birch, Charlotte Wood, Andrew Stafford and Jane R. Goodall in conversation with Griffith Review editor, Ashley Hay.

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels, four short story collections and a book of poetry. He is also a regular essayist. His most recent novel is The White Girl. In 2017, he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature and culture.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel is The Weekend. She has previously won the Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, and been twice shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She has written for The New York Times, Guardian Australia, Literary Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Review of Books and The Saturday Paper, among other publications.

Jane R. Goodall (Australian)

Jane R. Goodall

Jane R. Goodall is Emeritus Professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She writes regularly for Inside Story and her most recent book is The Politics of the Common Good.

Andrew Stafford (Australian)

Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of a memoir Something To Believe In, and Pig City, a musical and political history of Brisbane. He has written for The Age, Guardian Australia, The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald and Griffith Review.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.