Join acclaimed Australian authors Jennifer Down and Hannah Kent as they discuss their immersive and lyrical new novels that find beauty and hope amid tragedy. Praised as “mesmerising, brutal and unforgettable” (Sydney Morning Herald), Jennifer’s Bodies of Light traces a woman’s quest to forge a meaningful life after overcoming cycles of abuse and trauma. Hannah’s Devotion is a historical queer love story that journeys from Prussia to the South Australian frontier, exploring love, longing and the pain that arises from division. They appear with Susan Wyndham.

Supported by ARA.

Jennifer Down (Australian)

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Age, The Saturday Paper, the Australian Book Review and Literary Hub. She is the author of the novels Bodies of Light, Pulse Points and Our Magic Hour. In 2018, Pulse Points was the winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 consecutively.

Hannah Kent (Australian)

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into over 30 languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award. It is currently being adapted for film by Sony TriStar. The Good People, Hannah's second novel, was translated into 10 languages and is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions. Hannah's third novel, Devotion, was published in 2021.

Susan Wyndham (Australian)

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is a freelance journalist and writer, book reviewer and awards judge. She is a former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has written, edited and contributed to several books.