Writers on writers
Publisher: Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria
Writers on writers is a series of short books in which leading authors reflect on an Australian writer who has inspired and influenced them.
Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioner's perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present, and writer and reader. It sheds light on the craft of writing, and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work.
Titles in the series
Author: Stan Grant
Journalist Stan Grant weaves literary criticism, philosophy and memoir to re-examine Keneally’s novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, raising questions about identity, modernity and storytelling.
On Beverley Farmer: writers on writers
Author: Josephine Rowe
Fellow novelist and short-story writer Josephine Rowe celebrates Beverley Farmer’s work and reflects on the themes of restlessness, desire and homecoming in her writing.
On Robyn Davidson: writers on writers
Author: Richard Cooke
Acclaimed critic and journalist Richard Cooke explores Robyn Davidson’s relationship with place and freedom, and her singular presence in Australian letters.
On Shirley Hazzard: writers on writers
Author: Michelle de Kretser
Michelle de Kretser celebrates the precision and musicality of Shirley Hazzard’s prose, and illuminates the humour, humanity and revelatory impact of her work.
On David Malouf: writers on writers
Author: Nam Le
Nam Le reflects on the relationship between life and art, and the 'Australianness' of Malouf's work in this stunning essay on one of Australia's most acclaimed writers.
On JM Coetzee: writers on writers
Author: Ceridwen Dovey
Ceridwen Dovey draws on her own personal history to explore the Nobel Prize–winner’s work, while also tracing the intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter.
- Watch a video of Ceridwen Dovey's talk on JM Coetzee
On Patrick White: writers on writers
Author: Christos Tsiolkas
Christos Tsiolkas spent a year of 'discovery and rediscovery' reading Patrick White. In this passionate and original book, he shows how the Nobel Prize winner's work still speaks to us.
- Listen to Christos Tsiolkas live at the Library in the Garret podcast.
- Watch a video of Christos Tsiolkas discussing his love affair with the works of Patrick White.
On Kate Jennings: writers on writers
Author: Erik Jensen
Award-winning writer Erik Jensen plunges the reader into the world of acclaimed novelist, poet and pioneering feminist Kate Jennings.
On John Marsden: writers on writers
Author: Alice Pung
In this fascinating book, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences – the much-loved John Marsden.