Sophie Cunningham's latest offering, 'City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest', explores universal themes of dying and grief and our love and need for trees. The essays ruminate on a question that may be relevant for many of us: what does it mean to admire the beauty of nature in the face of climate catastrophe? Interview by Katinka Smit.
Byron Writers Festival (2-4 Aug), Australia’s largest regional literary festival wrapped its 23rd year with record ticket sales and Indigenous authors dominating the best selling books at the Festival.
Free speech issues are global, but this session focussed on Australia where public interest journalists, whistleblowers and advocates face increasing pressure from government to stop reporting, whistleblowing and advocating.
The 2019 Byron Writers Festival Susie Warrick Young Writers Award attracted 61 entries across two youth categories: years 7-9 & 10-12. Congratulations to Niamh Montgomery and Gabrielle Hill-Smith, and to all the young writers who dared to share their stories. Read the two winning stories here.
Writing a personal memoir takes strength of mind and soul. To talk publicly and write about the self and the life history of one’s own family is a feat no one should dismiss as anything other than monumental.