Two of Australia’s most acclaimed writers, Amanda Lohrey (appearing live via video) and Charlotte Wood, come together for a conversation about their most recent books, their incredible bodies of work and creative lives at large. Amanda’s Miles Franklin–winning novel, The Labyrinth, and Charlotte’s bestselling work of non-fiction, The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life, each offer essential and illuminating insights into the hope, redemption and restoration to be found in art and creation. They appear in conversation with Ailsa Piper.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. Her latest book is The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. Her latest novel, The Weekend, was shortlisted for several prizes including the Stella Prize and the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction. She won both those prizes, among others, for her 2016 novel The Natural Way of Things. She was made a member of the Order of Australia for 'significant services to literature' in 2019.

Amanda Lohrey (Australian)

Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey lives in Tasmania and writes fiction and non-fiction. She has taught at the University of Tasmania, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland. Amanda is a regular contributor to The Monthly and a former senior fellow of the Australia Council's Literature Board. She received the 2012 Patrick White Award. In 2021 her novel The Labyrinth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, a Prime Minister's Literary Award and the Voss Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and a Queensland Literary Award.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, director, performer, teacher, moderator and speaker. She was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright's Award in 2001 for her script Small Mercies. Her first book was a travel memoir called Sinning Across Spain, and her second, The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship, was co-written with Tony Doherty. Ailsa has judged the NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards six times. She swims daily, rain or shine.