In 1931, Virginia Woolf ended one entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words ‘too much and not the mood’, expressing her sense of being overwhelmed by her work and unsure if she had anything worth saying. That phrase inspired cultural critic Durga Chew-Bose to explore her own creative life in a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays. She joins Maria Tumarkin in conversation about the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.

Supported by Macquarie University. Durga Chew-Bose is supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney

Durga Chew-Bose (International)

Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in publications includingÊThe Globe and MailThe Hairpin, Lenny LetterÊandÊThe Guardian.ÊHer debut collection of essays,ÊToo Much and Not the Mood,Êwas inspired by a 1931 Virginia Woolf diary entry. ItÊexplores culture, writing, and identity and the result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays written in her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry. Durga is currently teaching a non-fiction writing workshop at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

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.