How do different places and times in history influence the characters we create – in fiction and for ourselves? Explore these questions and more through the prisms of imagination, storytelling and memory with contributors to Griffith Review 72: States of Mind Lech Blaine, Kathryn Heyman and Masako Fukui, with moderator Ashley Hay.

Kathryn Heyman (Australian)

Kathryn Heyman

Dr Kathryn Heyman is the author of the memoir Fury published in Australia and the UK in May 2021. Her previous novels include Storm and Grace and Floodline. Her work has won and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK including the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Wingate Literary Prize, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Orange Prize and the Arts Council of England Writers Awards. As founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, she has guided many writers from idea to publication, including many award-winners. She received the 2017 Copyright Agency Author Fellowship for Fury and is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.

Lech Blaine (Australian)

Lech Blaine

Lech Blaine is a writer from country Queensland. His work has been published in a range of places including The Best Australian Essays, Kill Your Darlings, the Griffith Review, The Guardian and The Monthly. Lech’s first book Car Crash: A Memoir is about friendship, family, grief and love. His childhood was featured in an episode of ABC RN’s Conversations with Richard Fidler about the foster care system.

Masako Fukui (Australian)

Masako Fukui

A contributor to Griffith Review, Masako Fukui is a bilingual journalist, independent writer and audio producer. She regularly contributes audio features and documentaries to ABC Radio National. Previously, she was a health educator and social worker. Masako was born in New Delhi and has lived in Japan and Australia.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Queensland Literary Awards, and longlisted for prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds and A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.