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The dark art of memoir
With Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Chloe Higgins, Ashley Kalagian Blunt & Adele Dumont
Crafting personal trauma into captivating memoir presents many challenges — how to pull readers into the story, how to carry them through, and how to shape true events on the page. Join authors Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Chloe Higgins, Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Adele Dumont as they discuss the art of taking readers into tragedy. Their books explore the impacts of mental illness, sudden death, and genocide on individuals and families, each offering their own path through darkness.
Vicki Laveau-Harvie is the author of The Erratics, which won the 2019 Stella Prize and the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize. She was born in Canada but lived for many years in France before settling in Australia. In France, she worked as a translator and a business editor, despite being a specialist in 18th-century French literature. In Sydney, she lectured in French Studies at Macquarie University.
Chloe Higgins writes about the things we’re all afraid of: death, sex, love, and how we feel about our mothers. Chloe is the Director of Wollongong Writers Festival, a casual lecturer and tutor in creative writing at the University of Wollongong where she is completing a PhD and a member of the Finishing School Collective. Originally from south-west Sydney, she now lives in Wollongong and travels the world for three months per year. The Girls, a memoir of family, grief and sexuality, is her debut.
Ashley Kalagian Blunt is a Sydney-based author. Her first book, My Name Is Revenge, was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Award and was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, Westerly, the Australian, the Big Issue and Kill Your Darlings. Ashley is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has appeared at Story Club, the National Young Writers’ Festival, and Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Adele Dumont is the author of No Man Is an Island. Her writing has appeared in Griffith Review, The Lifted Brow, and Southerly and she is currently at work on her second memoir.