Writers have long turned to friendship with fellow writers for sympathy, support and sometimes, necessarily honest counsel. Two acclaimed Australian authors who have been friends and writing colleagues for more than 20 years, Vicki Hastrich (Night Fishing) and Charlotte Wood (The Weekend), discuss how their newest works grew beside each other and recount how they supported one another through the writing process. Speaking with Ailsa Piper, Vicki and Charlotte reflect on the merits, rigours and demands of a writing friendship.

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.

Vicki Hastrich (Australian)

Vicki Hastrich

Vicki Hastrich is the author of two novels, The Great Arch and Swimming with the Jellyfish. Her most recent work is a collection essays, Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the singular life.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, performer, director, teacher and moderator, who works across a range of forms. Her play Small Mercies was co-winner of the 2001 Patrick White Playwrights Award, and her adaptation (with Hugh Colman) of The Duchess of Malfi was widely acclaimed. She wrote the travel memoir Spinning Across Spain and co-wrote the epistolary dual memoir The Attachment with Tony Doherty. Most recently, she has contributed to Griffith Review's latest edition, Getting On.