Writing in dark territory

Three respected Melbourne authors Helen Garner, Anne Manne and Ramona Koval come together for this exclusive La Trobe University event.

Helen Garner and Anne Manne have written books that investigate murder, narcissism and the breakdown of family and society. What draws them to these topics? Why have they chosen to explore this territory in their very different forms of non-fiction?

Join us on Thursday 28 April for Writing in Dark Territory: a fascinating Ideas and Society event hosted by author and broadcaster Ramona Kaval.

Ideas and Society is La Trobe's leading series for intellectual debate, bringing together academics and experts from across Australia and the world.

The program's convenor, Emeritus Professor Robert Manne, said the event will undoubtedly be of the greatest interest to followers of Australian literature and comes at a time when Helen Garner has just published a new collection of her essays, Everywhere I Look.

"We are privileged to have three very significant thinkers come together to discuss several books that have all in their different ways thrown light on some of the darkest aspects of human behaviour," Professor Manne said.

"This event will appeal to followers of contemporary Australian literature and to those intrigued and puzzled by the human condition."  


Helen Garner is one of Australia's most respected and loved non-fiction writers. The author of The Last Stone, Joe Cinque's Consolation, The Spare Room, This House of Grief, and more recently, Everywhere I Look, she is the winner of many awards including the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize.

Anne Manne is a social analyst, cultural critic and Monthly essayist who has written columns for The Age and The Australian. Her works include Motherhood, Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market, The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism and a memoir, So This is Life.


Ramona Koval is one of Australia's most distinguished and accomplished literary journalists, broadcasters and interviewers who presented "Books and Writing" on ABC Radio National for many years. She is the author of Jewish Cooking, Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers and Bloodhound: Searching for My Father.

Event details

What: Writing in Dark Territory, Ideas and Society event                                                 

When: 6.15-7.45pm, Thursday 28 April 2016                                                                          

Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria (enter via La Trobe Street)            

Cost: $15 general public, $10 LTU Alumni & Staff, free for students

Additional information: Bookings essential via darkterritory.eventbrite.com.au 

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