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City Program

Personal Truths

Fri 10 Sep, 12pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Join acclaimed writers Kathryn Heyman—appearing live via video—and Clem Bastow as they reflect on their unsparing and hopeful memoirs in conversation with on-stage moderator Erina Reddan. Bastow’s wise and witty Late Bloomer examines being diagnosed with autism at age 36, the challenges she faced growing up, and broader cultural stigma around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people. Heyman’s Fury has been described as a ‘searing, thrilling and redemptive’ (Anna Funder) account of her year-long stint on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea at age 20 that raised her out of poverty and abuse to become her own hero.


1 hour

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Clem Bastow is a cultural critic whose work appears in The Saturday Paper and the Guardian. She has contributed essays to Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), and is undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT.

Dr Kathryn Heyman is an award-winning novelist and author of Fury, the memoir of a year in her life after a traumatic sexual assault trial when she found salvation and hope working as a deckhand on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea.

Erina Reddan is an award-winning journalist. She worked as a foreign correspondent with the ABC and won a prestigious Walkley Award for her broadcast work. She has worked across radio and television, and now trains people in communication skills. Her latest novel is The Serpent’s Skin.

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