Frank Moorhouse is one of the country’s most celebrated literary figures. In this session he explores what it means to be a writer in Australia today, sharing his personal experiences and insights. Frank discusses his work and his personal life, including challenging experiences involving relationships, money, mental health issues and alcoholism. The Miles Franklin Award winner talks candidly to Linda Jaivin about making a living from the craft of writing, the state of Australia’s cultural landscape and an artist’s place in it. 

Linda Jaivin (Australian)

Linda Jaivin

The Shortest History of China is Linda Jaivin’s twelfth book, and her fifth work of non-fiction, along with the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon and the Quarterly Essay ‘Found in Translation’. Her seven novels include two based in China, the historical fiction A Most Immoral Woman and The Empress Lover. She is also a prolific essayist, cultural commentator and literary translator from Chinese, specialising in film subtitling (including Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine, Zhang Yimou’s Hero and Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster). She is also co-editor of the China Story Yearbook published by the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. She graduated from Brown University with honours and has a degree in Asian History. Linda lived for nine years in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China before settling in Australia, where she is a citizen. She lives in Sydney.