Author Talk: Some space to write
With Tom Lee, Eileen Chong, Oliver Mol & Linda Jaivin
The Sydney Review of Books has been asking writers around the country to write essays about how they work.
The starting point for this conversation between Tom Lee, Linda Jaivin, Eileen Chong and Oliver Mol will be essays they’ve written for the Sydney Review of Books. From there, they’ll roam through the novels, poetry collections, essays and works of non-fiction that they’ve written in Sydney, or about Sydney, to draw out just what role a city plays in making writers.
Tom Lee is director of the Masters of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney. His explorations of aesthetics in Australia are shared on Instagram @theaustralianugliness and on his blog of the same name. Tom’s first novel, Coach Fitz, was published by Giramondo in 2018.
Read his essay ‘Park-Office’ here.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. She is the author of eight books. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including twice for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her first book, Burning Rice, is a prescribed text on the Higher School Certificate syllabus for 2019-2023.
Read her essay ‘Climbing the Hill’ here.
Oliver Mol is the author of Lion Attack! He has published over 60 works nationally and overseas. Rolling Stone Australia called him ‘King of a New Jungle’. He is working on his second book.
Read his essay ‘Train Lord’ here.
Linda Jaivin is the author of 11 long-form works, including seven novels, five of which are set in Sydney and two in China, as well as the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon (2001). Her first novel, Eat Me, was on the Australian best-seller lists for seven months and was translated into more than a dozen languages. Linda also co-edits The China Story Yearbook published by the Centre on China in the World at the ANU.
Read her essay ‘Caught Mapping’ here.