One hundred and fifty years after Henry Lawson’s birth, we are still captivated by his most famous work, The Drover’s Wife. A panel of bush bard experts tallk to Nicole Abadee about Lawson’s influence and their own retellings of the story. In Frank Moorhouse’ own version of The Drover’s Wife his academic persona uncovers the shameful truth of the ‘real’ drover’s wife. Ryan O’Neill is working on retelling the story in 99 ways, and Kerrie Davies’ A Wife’s Heart is written from the perspective of Lawson’s wife Bertha.
Kerrie Davies (Australian)
Kerrie Davies is a journalist, author of A Wife's Heart and media lecturer at UNSW. She has contributed to Vogue Australia, The Weekend Australian and Elle, among other media outlets. She is completing her Doctor of Arts at the University of Sydney and is co-author of the Colonial Australian Literary Journalism Database with Dr Willa McDonald and Dr Bunty Avieson. Kerrie has also written about the literary journalists at the Ned Kelly siege and revisionist biography.
Nicole Abadee (Australian)
Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine and she also writes about books from time to time for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review. She appears regularly as a facilitator at writers' festivals and is also a literary consultant, helping writers to get published.