Broadside: Helen Garner

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

9 Nov 2019

Broadside is the new feminist ideas festival from the Wheeler Centre. Over the weekend of 9 and 10 November at Melbourne Town Hall, Broadside will present two days of unabashedly feminist programming, spotlighting a remarkable line-up of international and local speakers, and delivering a powerfully feminist agenda.

In the words of one critic ‘to read Helen Garner is to discover what might be her defining characteristic: awakeness and aliveness to the thingness of things’. Garner, a national treasure, has now spent almost half a century showing us who we are and how it is. And she has sharpened this singular style — her humour, sense of the absurd and incisive observation — over a lifetime of writing diaries.

To coincide with the publication of Yellow Notebook, Diaries Volume I: 1978–1987, Garner shares with us the pages that offer a glimpse into the honing and shaping of a craft. Beginning in the 1970s just after the publication of her first novel, Monkey Grip, this is a unique insight into how decades of privately shaped internal dialogue creates a voice, and makes a writer.

In conversation with Sarah Krasnostein.


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Event Times

9 Nov 2019

Once Only Event


Melbourne Town Hall

90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000

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