Helen Garner’s Diaries

Proudly presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival and supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Helen Garner sits down with Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre, to discuss her newly published diaries, inviting you into the world behind her acclaimed novels and award-winning nonfiction. This is an unmissable, intimate event with one of Australia’s most admired and influential writers.


About Helen Garner:

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most admired and influential writers. Her acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction have dominated the shelves of writers and literature lovers for more than 40 years, and include the titles Monkey Grip, The Spare Room, The Children’s Bach, This House of Grief and Everywhere I Look.

Revered for her mastery of the acute observation, The New Yorker famously said she is ‘everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses...”

It is not surprising that Helen has kept a diary for almost all of her life – chronicling her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys. For decades, these candid works of introspection have been locked away.

Now, finally, Helen is opening her diaries. Beginning in the late 1970s, following the publication of Monkey Grip, these accounts of her everyday life invite us into the world behind her celebrated work. Through these pages – written with her quintessential frankness, humour and steel-sharp wit – she shares her life.

Join Helen in conversation with Michael Williams for an unmissable, intimate insight into the mind of one of our greatest writers.

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