One of Australia’s best-loved writers, Cate Kennedy, talks with creative writing lecturer Kelly Gardiner about the challenges and joys of being a writer. But what do writers actually do? Where do ideas come from, and what do we do next? This session will cover issues around research, ethical and creative decisions, processes, and steps in different forms of creative writing.
Cate Kennedy’s short stories, novels, poems, and creative nonfiction are studied in high schools around the country, and in writing classes at La Trobe. Her first short story collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, while her second, Like a House on Fire, won the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
Cate is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires, and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel The World Beneath won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She lives in Castlemaine and has recently completed her PhD at La Trobe.
This in-person author talk will appeal to anyone who loves reading, to writing and English students, people engaged in creative practice, and those studying education with an interest in literature. Everyone is welcome.
When: Wednesday 21 September 2022
Where: 12 pm – 1 pm, Bendigo Library Gallery
Writers on campus is a partnership program presented by the Department of Languages & Cultures and hosted by the La Trobe University Library.