2017 Windham Campbell Prize–winner Ashleigh Young’s debut collection of essays, Can You Tolerate This?, was praised as “distinctive” and “nuanced” by the Sydney Morning Herald and as “making the personal essay a work of resonant literary art” by the Australian Book Review. Speaking in conversation with Fiona Wright, Ashleigh discusses her quest to examine life’s greater truths via the small accidents of everyday life.

Ashleigh Young (International)

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Ashleigh Young is a writer and literary editor. She was a 2017 recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction, awarded by Yale University in recognition of her essay collection Can You Tolerate This?. The collection also won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her first book was the poetry collection Magnificent Moon.

Fiona Wright (Australian)

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Fiona Wright’s book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and her poetry collection Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre, and is the CAL New Writer in Residence at UTS.