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

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

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Maria Tumarkin writes books (three to date and a fourth on the way), reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio; she teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Maria's work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.