Domesticity under Scrutiny
Miro Bilbrough + Al Campbell + Sophie Overett
Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
The revelation of family secrets and the minutiae of domestic life has proven rich fodder for fiction and biography alike. Join Al Campbell and Miro Bilbrough as they discuss the enduring appeal of stories in which the private is made public and why they chose to write their own.
Panel: Al Campbell, Miro Bilbrough
Chair: Sophie Overett
Miro Bilbrough’s memoir of the counterculture, In the Time of the Manaroans (Ultimo Press, Victoria University Press), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and has been hailed as ‘the best book of non-fiction published in New Zealand in 2020’. Miro lives in Sydney where she teaches screenwriting and directing, and where she has made award-winning films ‘Floodhouse’, ‘Being Venice’, ‘Bartleby’ and ‘Urn’. She has published poetry in Australasian journals, anthologies and apps, and in the poetry chapbook Small-time spectre’ (Kilmog Press); and her poem 'Spider silk' won second equal in the Val Vallis Award 2016.
Born in Brisbane, Al Campbell is a mother, a full-time carer, an AFL hooligan, and a writer. Long ago, Al studied a bit, acted a bit, and pulled a lot of beers. Her first-ever publication was in Overland in 2020, the same year she completed her debut novel, The Keepers, published in February 2022 by UQP.
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.