Debuting in a Pandemic
Jacqueline Maley + Sophie Overett + Lyndall Clipstone + Kathleen Jennings
slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
We all know someone who said they would write a book in lockdown — meet the people who actually did. These debut authors discuss how the past two years of global pandemic affected, or perhaps inspired, their writing, and what the final push was to get those manuscripts published.
Panel: Lyndall Clipstone, Jacqueline Maley, Sophie Overett
Chair: Kathleen Jennings
Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. In 2016, she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist and in 2020 she won a Kennedy Award and a Walkley Award. She is also the recipient of the NSW Council of Liberties Journalism award. The Truth About Her is her first novel. She lives in Sydney.
Sophie Overett is an award-winning writer and cultural producer. Her stories have been published in Griffith Review, Going Down Swinging, Overland Online, The Sleepers Almanac, and elsewhere. She won the 2021 Kathleen Mitchell Award, the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize, as well as the 2018 AAWP x UWRF Emerging Writers' Prize, and her work has been shortlisted for multiple other awards including The Text Prize and The Richell Prize. She is one half of Lady Parts, a podcast about women's roles in genre cinema, and her debut novel, The Rabbits, was published by Penguin Australia in July 2021.
Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.
Kathleen Jennings is a writer and illustrator based in Brisbane. Her Australian Gothic debut Flyaway won a British Fantasy Award and was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and The Courier-Mail People's Choice Award, among others. Her illustrations have won a World Fantasy Award and been shortlisted for the Hugo Awards.