Helen Garner published her first novel, Monkey Grip, in 1977. She was best known as a fiction writer (The Children’s Bach, Postcards from Surfers, Cosmo Cosmolino, My Hard Heart) and freelance journalist until 1994, when The First Stone, her account of a university sexual harassment case, provoked a national controversy.
Since then, she has become one of Australia’s most respected writers of essays and non-fiction. In 2004, she published the best-selling Joe Cinque’s Consolation, about the murder of a young man in Canberra in 1997. The Spare Room (Text Publishing, 2008) is her first novel in 15 years.
Helen Garner has been shortlisted for the Premier's Award, 2008.
Helen Garner will be appearing:
Helen Garner reflects on her long and successful writing career and her latest work of fiction.
The poetry of Anna Akhmatova