Little Women may be more than 150 years old, but the massively popular Greta Gerwig adaptation has once again rebooted the legacy of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Michael Williams asks some of the Festival’s favourite authors what it is about this story that lasts the test of time, and what it has to say (or misses) about women’s place in the world today. Featuring Daniel Lavery (formerly Daniel Mallory Ortberg) (Something That May Shock and Discredit You)], Julia Phillips (Disappearing Earth), Heather Rose (Bruny) and Tara June Winch (The Yield).

Julia Phillips is supported by Sam Meers AO.

Heather Rose (Australian)

Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels, writing for both adults and children. Her books have been shortlisted, longlisted or won awards for literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy/science fiction and children's literature. Her seventh novel, The Museum of Modern Love, notably won the 2017 Stella Prize and the Christina Stead Prize. Her latest book is Bruny. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.

Julia Phillips (International)

Julia Phillips

​​Julia Phillips is the debut author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times' Best Books of 2019. Disappearing Earth has being published in 13 countries and has been named one of the best books of 2019 so far by Vanity Fair, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for The New York Times, ​The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

Tara June Winch (Australian)

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is an Wiradjuri writer, born in Australia and based in France. She is the author of the story collection After the Carnage and the novels Swallow the Air, and most recently, The Yield. She was the literature recipient of the international Rolex Mentor and Protégé initiative, which saw her mentored by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Daniel Lavery (International)

Daniel Lavery

Daniel Lavery (formerly Daniel Mallory Ortberg) is the 'Dear Prudence' advice columnist at Slate, the Co-Founder of The Toast, and the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster. Something That May Shock and Discredit You is his latest collection of essays about religion, pop culture and transition.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a regular host of literary conversations and events. A writer, editor and broadcaster, he was one of two founding staff members of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, and was its Director until earlier this year. He is also host of Guardian Australia's monthly book club.