Windswept: Walking in the Footsteps of Remarkable Women
slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library
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Duration: 60 minutes
Windswept: Why Women Walk explores the walking lives of six remarkable women, some better known than others. Georgia O’Keefe, Nan Shepherd and Daphne Du Maurier walked remote paths – how did that alter them? Part memoir, too, Annabel Abbs reflects on how walking and creativity are linked, and how walking off into the wilds inspired these women.
Annabel Abbs in conversation with Sally Piper
Annabel Abbs is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, The Joyce Girl, tells the story of James Joyce's daughter, won the Impress New Writer Prize, was translated into 10 languages and is currently being adapted for the stage. Her second novel, Frieda: The Real Lady Chatterley, was a Times Book of the Year 2018, and was translated into seven languages.
Her memoir and history of wild walking women, Windswept, was published to great acclaim in June 2021. Her third novel, The Language of Food, tells the story of poet and cookery writer, Eliza Acton. It has been translated into 20 languages, and is currently being adapted for the screen by CBS Studios.
Annabel has a degree in English Literature from UEA and is a Fellow of the Brown Foundation. She grew up in Wales but now lives in London and Sussex where she spends her time cooking, walking, reading and writing.
Sally Piper is a Brisbane-based writer. Her debut novel, Grace’s Table (UQP 2014), was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards - Emerging Queensland Author category and she was awarded a Varuna Publishing Fellowship for her manuscript. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. Sally is an active member of the Queensland Writers Centre and currently presents workshops and seminars for them and mentors other writers on their ‘Writer’s Surgery’ program.
Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in various print and online publications, to include an award-winning short story in the inaugural One Book Many Brisbanes anthology, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, The Weekend Australian, WQ, Quality Women’s Fiction (UK), Peninsular Magazine (UK) and Writer’s Forum (UK).
The Geography of Friendship (UQP 2018) is her second novel. Since publication in July, The Geography of Friendship has received favourable reviews across several major media outlets and was selected by The Australian Women’s Weekly as their ‘Great Read’ for July. The Geography of Friendship and Grace's Table will be published by Legend Press (UK) in 2019.