Writing in dark territory

Helen Garner and Anne Manne have written on some of the darkest aspects of the human experience - murder, violence against children, and the contemporary culture of narcissism. In conversation with Ramona Koval, they discuss why they are drawn to these topics and their different ways of writing about them.

Date/time: Thursday 28 April, 6.15pm-7.45pm
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria (enter via La Trobe Street)
Cost: $15 general public, $10 La Trobe alumni and staff; free for La Trobe University students
Bookings (essential): darkterritory.eventbrite.com.au

Writing in dark territory

The speakers

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 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.