Mothers and Others
Susan Johnson + Jessica Au + Ianto Ware + Anne Casey-Hardy + Joy Lawn
Queensland Terrace, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
Few relationships are as essential to who we are as the bond we share with our mothers. In their striking works, these writers immerse themselves in the primal connection of mother to child, chronicling the pleasure of kinship and the pain of forging an independent identity.
Susan Johnson is the author of twelve books: three non-fiction books, On Beauty and A Better Woman, and a new memoir about living on Kythera, Greece, with her 85-year-old mother, Barbara, Aphrodite's Breath: A Mother and Daughter's Greek Island Adventure. Her eight novels are published in Australia and in Europe, the UK and US, and The Landing (2015) was published in Greek translation. Her ninth novel, From Where I Fell (2021) was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Award. She has lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London and most recently in Greece. She currently lives in Brisbane.
Jessica Au has worked as a writer, editor and bookseller. Her novel Cold Enough for Snow (2022) won the inaugural Novel Prize and was published by Giramondo, New Directions and Fitzcarraldo Editions, with translations in eighteen languages. It won the Victorian Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award and the Queensland Literary Awards.
Ianto Ware is a writer, former zine publisher, and the author of two books; Twenty-One Nights in July: a Personal History of the Tour de France (2014), and Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family (2021), both available through Hunter Publishers. He was the author of the long-running zines Westside Angst and Das Papierkrieg, the founding director of Adelaide’s Format Festival, the producer of the Festival of Unpopular Culture, and currently works as a researcher in urban policy. He was born in Adelaide, but now lives in Sydney with his wife, the artist Diana Baker Smith, their son Ellis, and two cats, Judith and Adrienne.
Anne Casey-Hardy was born in Fremantle and grew up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She won the 2018 Peter Carey Short Story Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 VU/Overland Short Story Prize and was awarded a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Meanjin Quarterly, Island Magazine, Overland Journal, Westerly Magazine and several anthologies. Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls (Scribner 2022) is her first book. She lives in Melbourne’s west with her husband, on Bunurong land.
Joy Lawn reviews fiction for the Australian newspaper. Her reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, Magpies magazine, SMH/The Age, Books+Publishing and professional journals.
Joy is currently judging fiction for the Queensland Literary Awards and women’s crime writing for the Davitt Awards. She has judged the Prime Minister’s and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Russell Prize for Humour Writing and other awards; blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children’s literature as ‘Joy in Books’ at ‘PaperbarkWords’ blog https://paperbarkwords.blog/ and loves moderating sessions at writers’ festivals.
Joy is fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality.