What does it take to to write an award winning book? Join Lisa Gorton, winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award and James Tierney, panel judge for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction as they discuss literary awards and the inner workings of the judging process. This illuminating discussion will be facilitated by senior judge of the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Suzanne Leal.
Lisa Gorton writes fiction, poetry and essays. She studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, and completed a doctorate on John Donne's poetry and prose. Her awards include the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry. Lisa edited Black Inc's Best Australian Poems 2013 and wrote the introduction for a new edition of Christina Stead's novel The Little Hotel (Text). Lisa's most recent poetry collection is Hotel Hyperion (Giramondo). Her novel The Life of Houses (Giramondo) received the 2016 NSW Premier's People's Choice Award and (jointly) the Prime Minister's Prize for Fiction.
James Tierney is a Sydney-based critic and writer currently working on a book on the history of listening. He has written for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and Island among others.
Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former judge of ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. She has been a legal commentator on ABC radio and is a regular interviewer at literary events and festivals. www.suzanneleal.com