In the Writers on Writers series, prominent authors reflect on an Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. The Lifted Brow publisher Sam Cooney chats to writer and Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen and bestselling author Alice Pung about their worthy contributions to the series. Erik will discuss his examination of the acclaimed novelist, poet and pioneering feminist Kate Jennings, and Alice will talk about her original and moving look at the much-loved, hugely successful writer John Marsden.

Supported by The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Alice Pung (Australian)

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Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer, whose latest book, On John Marsden, is a meditation on her biggest literary influence. She is the author of Laurinda, Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. She also wrote a children’s series, Our Australian Girl.

Erik Jensen (Australian)

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Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has written for film, television and the stage. His first book, Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, won the Nib Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. His most recent book is On Kate Jennings.

Sam Cooney (Australian)

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Sam Cooney runs the new-ish book press Brow Books, and is publisher of quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, teaches sessionally at universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic. He has judged literary prizes, sits on a couple of advisory boards, chairs events, and in 2017 took part in the Australia Council’s ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program. Earlier this year he took part in an Australian publishing delegation tour of India.