An email written from a Sydney priest to a Melbourne author saying how much he enjoyed her latest book was the catalyst for an enduring and surprising friendship. Over the years they discussed everything from dinner party menus and shoes to family, faith, grief and love. Their correspondence has been collected in The Attachment, described as ‘a demonstration of how to have a conversation and a friendship’. Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty join Margot Saville and share the story of their friendship. 

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, performer, director, teacher and moderator, who works across a range of forms. Her play Small Mercies was co-winner of the 2001 Patrick White Playwrights Award, and her adaptation (with Hugh Colman) of The Duchess of Malfi was widely acclaimed. She wrote the travel memoir Spinning Across Spain and co-wrote the epistolary dual memoir The Attachment with Tony Doherty. Most recently, she has contributed to Griffith Review's latest edition, Getting On.