An email written from a Sydney priest to a Melbourne author saying how much he enjoyed her latest book was the catalyst for an enduring and surprising friendship. Over the years they discussed everything from dinner party menus and shoes to family, faith, grief and love. Their correspondence has been collected in The Attachment, described as ‘a demonstration of how to have a conversation and a friendship’. Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty join Margot Saville and share the story of their friendship. 

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

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Ailsa Piper is a storyteller, having worked as a playwright, dramaturg, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. Writing highlights include being co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright's Award in 2001, and the publication in 2012 of her travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain. She has judged the NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards seven times, and also performs Wordwalks, monologues celebrating poetry, walking and landscape. Ailsa is co-author, with Tony Doherty, of The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship.