Festival Program

City Program

Living Memories

Sat 4 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

What happens when we lose something or someone? Australian writers Kavita Bedford and Anwen Crawford reflect on their genre-bending new books set in a gentrified, colonised Sydney, which unfurl stories of grief and the loss of relationships, art, histories and cities. Bedford's Friends & Dark Shapes has been called an 'astonishingly assured debut' (Jenny Offill), and Crawford's No Document a 'stunningly crafted testament to the enduring power of art and literature' (Australian Book Review). They are joined in conversation by Rebecca Harkins-Cross.


1 hour

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Kavita Bedford is a writer. Her debut novel, Friends & Dark Shapes, was published by Europa Editions (USA) and Text Publishing (AUS) in 2021.

Anwen Crawford is a writer, critic and visual artist based in Sydney. She is the author of No Document, published by Giramondo in 2021, and Live Through This, published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Monthly, The New Yorker and Sydney Review of Books.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and cultural critic. She is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Monash University and will be a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University’s Writing Program in 2022. Her first book, The Headless Woman, is out with Fireflies Press in 2023.

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