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Helen Garner and Ramona Koval at the State Library of Victoria
La Trobe University

The Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University present 'Writing in Dark Territory' with Helen Garner, Anne Manne and Ramona Koval, at the State Library of Victoria. 

Helen Garner and Anne Manne have written on some of the darkest aspects of the human experience—murder, violence against children, and the contemporary culture of narcissism. In conversation with Ramona Koval, they discuss why they are drawn to these topics and their different ways of writing about them.

Helen Garner is an award-winning author of novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. Her latest book Everywhere I Look has just been released to critical acclaim. 

Ramona Koval is a Melbourne writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. From 2006 to 2011 she presented Radio National’s Book Show, and has written for the Age and the Australian. She is the author of By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life, and Bloodhound: Searching For My Father.

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