Reading matters: Fiona Wright

We're thrilled to welcome Fiona Wright, who will be appearing at the Festival with Ashleigh Young, as our second Festival blogger this year. Before it all kicks off, we asked her a bit about her reading habits. 

What books are currently on your nightstand?

If by nightstand, you mean bedroom floor: Gail Jones’ The Death of Noah Glass, Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking and half a dozen poetry books that I’m slowly picking my way through...


What’s the last great book you read?

I’m cheating a bit here because the book isn’t out yet, and the author is a friend (it’s not my fault that I have brilliant friends), but I just read an advance copy of Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids, which is a personal and cultural history of mania. It’s wonderful – smart and funny, and heartbreaking at times, and it also really pushed my thinking, which is something I really treasure in a book.


What kind of reader are you? 

Omnivorous and voracious.


What book do you find yourself re-reading periodically?

Lorrie Moore’s Birds of America. Because there’s no one who can write a short story quite like Lorrie Moore – fierce and funny and tragic and sublimely absurd – and I always find something new there to delight in.



More about Fiona...

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior (Giramondo, 2017). Her new essay collection is forthcoming this year.