Internationally bestselling author and Orange Prize winner, Kate Grenville (The Secret River and The Idea of Perfection), discusses her latest imaginative response to history, A Room Made of Leaves. A playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented, A Room Made of Leaves takes as its starting point the conceit that Elizabeth Macarthur (wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron of colonial Sydney) wrote a shockingly frank secret memoir. Join Kate as she discusses her first novel in almost a decade with journalist Kerrie Davies. 

Kate Grenville (Australian)

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Her latest novel, A Room Made of Leaves, is a national bestseller, and her debut novel, Lilian’s Story, is being re-released this year with an introduction written by Toni Collette.

Kerrie Davies (Australian)

Kerrie Davies

Kerrie Davies is a UNSW lecturer and author. She has written for Collective magazine, ElleVogue Australia and The Weekend Australian Magazine, among other media outlets. She is completing her Doctor of Arts (Literary Journalism) at the University of Sydney and is co-author of the Colonial Australian Literary Journalism Database.