Established and emerging writers continue the ongoing national conversation about the viability of art as a living. ‘Attack magazine’ The Lifted Brow is responding to Simon Birmingham’s statement about creative fields as being a ‘lifestyle choice’ by releasing a ‘capital’ issue. The University of Sydney’s Beth Yahp talks to Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy), Miles Franklin Award winner Frank Moorhouse and Fiona Wright (Small Acts of Disappearance) about how Australian writers make a living, the state of our cultural landscape and an artist’s place in it. 

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.

Beth Yahp (Australian)

Beth Yahp is an author, editor and writing teacher who lectures in the creative writing program at the University of Sydney. Her fictional memoirÊEat First, Talk Later was published in 2015 and her collection of stories The Red Pearl and Other Stories is forthcoming with Vagabond Press in 2017, along with a re-issue of her award-winning novel The Crocodile Fury.