Acclaimed Australian writers conduct an in-depth examination of the contemporary essay. Rebecca Giggs talks to Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped, a collection of essays tapping critical theory, popular culture and personal experience; award-winning writer and cultural historian Maria Tumarkin; and Fiona Wright, author of the book of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance, which examines her own anorexia and the significance of hunger. Guests traverse the borders of the personal and political, and consider the intersection of literary and journalistic modes.

Fiona Wright (Australian)

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which is shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is the author of four books of ideas. In Axiomatic, her latest book, she sets her sights on the searing, unpindownable power the past wields in the present. Tumarkin collaborates with visual and sound artists, psychologists and public historians. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.