Byron Writers Festival is delighted to invite you along to this special evening with one of Australia’s greatest writers, Helen Garner, appearing in conversation with Matthew Condon.
Join us in celebrating Helen Garner’s 75th birthday and hear about her writing life which spans 50 years of work – from her Australian classic Monkey Grip, to the brilliant literary true crime book This House of Grief, and her recent collected works: True Stories and Stories.
When: Wednesday 6 December, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Google Map
Tickets: $25 Members / $30 General
About Helen Garner
Helen Garner is an award-winning author of novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. This House of Grief won the 2016 WA Premier’s Prize and was named Best True Crime book in the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards. In 2016 Helen Garner was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction.
To celebrate Helen Garner’s 75th birthday, Text have published this collection of almost fifty years of her short non-fiction in a covetable hardback. This edition brings together the essays, stories and diary entries of True Stories, The Feel of Steel and Everywhere I Look as well as later work.
The range of these true stories mirrors a life – Helen Garner’s own, and of every one of us who has succeeded, failed, dreamed and loved. They encapsulate childbirth, marriage, love, illness, death and everything in between—delivering a wise, funny and clear-eyed encyclopedia of human emotions.
Over the decades, many have attempted to pigeon-hole Helen Garner’s work—does she write faction, memoir or non-fiction? Is it journalism? But this collection unequivocally shows above all else that the work of this astounding Australian writer is simply literature of the highest calibre.
‘Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses…her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.’ James Wood, New Yorker
Stories: The Collected Short Fiction
This new hardback edition of Helen Garner’s collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia’s most loved authors.
Stories gathers together the stories in Postcards from Surfers with previously uncollected pieces. Delving into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life, each story is told with Garner’s characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Together they showcase Garner’s sublime mastery of form.
‘Garner’s stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled, an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train—momentarily, distinct and tantalising in their beauty.’ New York Times