States of Mind

Ashley Hay + David Stavanger + Kathryn Heyman + Loki Liddle

Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland



#About the event


Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds (2010) and A Hundred Small Lessons (2017). She is the editor of Griffith Review.

David Stavanger

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist living on unceded Dharawal land. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David co-directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-2017) and is a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. He is the co-editor of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Rabbit 27 Tense and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) His new collection Case Notes (UWAP, 2020) won the 2021 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry. David is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy and helped establish poetry slam in Australia. These days he lives between the stage and the page.

Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman

Dr Kathryn Heyman is the author of the memoir, Fury, published in Australia and the UK in May 2021. Her previous novels include Storm and Grace and Floodline. Her work has won and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK including the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Wingate, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Orange Prize and the Arts Council of England Writers Awards.

As founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, she has guided many writers from idea to publication, including many award-winners. She received the 2017 Copyright Agency Author Fellowship for Fury and is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle. For full details see and

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