In this free public event at the University of Notre Dame Sydney, renowned novelists and long-time friends Charlotte Wood and Tegan Bennett Daylight discuss how intellectual camaraderie and collaboration sustains their creative lives.
Despite the persistent image of artists as solitary, isolated and tortured, creative people often thrive in community with others. From Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle to Elizabeth Gilbert’s online tribe, writers have always shared their working process with kindred spirits, consoling, challenging and inspiring each other to reach new creative heights.
This talk has been organised as part of Charlotte Wood’s writer’s residency at the University of Notre Dame, supported by the the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Described as one of Australia’s most original writers, Charlotte Wood is the author of 6 novels and 2 books of non-fiction and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for 2019. Her bestselling book, The Natural Way of Things, won multiple awards including the 2016 Stella Prize. Her new book, The Weekend, about friendship and ageing, has been hailed as her ‘greatest novel yet’.
Charlotte will be joined in conversation with critic and Creative Writing lecturer, Tegan Bennett Daylight. Tegan has authored 3 novels and several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was shortlisted for the Stella Award and the ALS Gold Medal.